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If you’re thinking of selling your house, your inital feeling may be to go the traditional route. You know, you can call an estate agent, inquire about the steps, and basically leave it all in their hands. That may still work for you, but there are different factors to consider. The good news, is that now there are even more options for you to make the selling process simpler. In this post you can find 7 important things to consider when selling your house.
Your next move
Firstly, you need to determine what your next move is.
This can help you find out what the best option is for you. For example, you can be selling your house to buy another property. That can be an upgrade, a lateral move, or even a downgrade. Will you be stuck in a chain? Are you leaving the property ladder? As you can see, there are quite a few considerations to take on.
The property chain
More than likely you will end up in a property chain. Which basically means that before you buy a house you will potentially have to wait until the seller buys their next home. This can potentially be an issue in your home buying process. You may even need to wait for the buyer of your home to sell their home before they can buy yours. Either way, this can be messy and complicated because there is always the potential that something may fall through.
Selling your house to a cash home buyer
If you want a simpler way of selling your house without having to faff about with an estate agent consider a direct sale to a company that can buy your home for cash. If you do decide to go this route you are better off dealing with a local company that knows the market in the area and has expertise in your region. A local company like Hull Cash Buyers specialises in the Hull and East Yorkshire region and they can provide their expertise.
Another benefit of selling your house to one of these companies is that they have the capital to buy which means you won’t be stuck in a chain. This can be a great option, especially if you don’t know what your next move is going to be.
Get your home valued
Knowing the value of your property is an absolute must. If you miss the mark you can have your house either be on the market for a long time with no potential buyers, or you can sell below the market price and cheat yourself out of the money that you deserve to get for your home.
You can check online on property sites and do your own research based on comparable homes, but do make sure you are honest with yourself and seeing the properly exactly in the state it is currently in. This can help you get a good idea as to what you could potentially be selling your house for.
Once you have done your own research, do trust in an agent, preferably 3 independent ones, to come and value your home. And make sure not to disclose the figures you have received from each of the appraisals to the other agents.
Improving the property’s condition
If you sell to a cash buyer it may not necessarily matter what the condition of the house may be. But if you are going the traditional route, then do consider sprucing up your house. Here are some things that you should work on to make your house more attractive to buyers and that can potentially raise the value of the property;
- Remove personal effects, this allows potential buyers to visualise their own family living in the home,
- Declutter the property, by getting rid of the unneccessay clutter that we tend to keep in our homes you will make the home feel bigger and again, help the new potential owners see the potential of the home,
- Clean the house thoroughly to prepare it for showings, sure, it may be expensive to hire professional cleaners, but it is worth seeing the home in all its clean glory,
- Give the outside a good facelift, this can be part of the cleaning process, but also focus on any gardening and even give the front door a good lick of paint to make it look more welcoming.
You will need removal companies lined up
You may not think this is essential information to know, but you will need to consider the actual practical aspects of moving house. Once you have an offer for your house and things are moving on, you will need to make sure you have removals on the go. The prices can range between a few factors. For example, are you moving across town or across the country, how much furniture do you have, and who will be doing the packing?
If you go the DIY route for most of the process you can save some money. But if you are limited on time then leaving everything, including the packing to the removals company will be necessary. This is why you need to have a few removal companies lined up as they may not all offer the services you need.
Sort out any pending bills
Anyone that has moved before will know that you will have to sort out all of your utilites before you move. From transferring your internet to the new house, to making sure you are not liable for any more consumption that what you have actually used, it is imperative to sort out any pending bills so you won’t have to spend money unnecessarily.
We hope that these tips can help make your life easier when you are selling your house. If you have more tips to add then do leave a comment below.