Things to remember when selling your home
For the last 3 months (following the news of our impending addition) my husband and I have been trying to sell our flat. This is the first time either of us have tried to sell a property, having been first time buyers before and we’re finding it a little harder than expected…
So without going too Phil and Kirsty on you I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt and pain we’ve experienced in the process.
1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
Nobody wants to see what it’s like to live in a hoarders paradise. Take the opportunity to drastically cut down on all the stuff you’ve accumulated and no longer need. It will also stand you in good stead when you come to move house. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine their own possessions in your house and not get distracted by yours. We’ve started using our car boot as a place to hide anything a bit unsightly.
2. Don’t try and sell your property before or during a national referendum
This may be blindingly obvious to you but naively we didn’t even consider the referendum/Brexit when we put our flat on the market. It didn’t help that neither of us really believed we would vote to leave the EU and therefore didn’t think it would make a big difference to the social/political/economic landscape. But leave we did (or will) and the impact has been huge! The lack of certainty has meant that our number of viewings have massively declined not to mention our number of offers (a total of zero). If you have any choice in the matter try and pick a less volatile time
3. Leave yourself loads of time for a sale
Following on from my last point, the last thing you want is to be under time pressure (like an impending due date). Graham and I thought the flat would sell fairly quickly and so we were a little slow with getting it on the market. Don’t make our mistake! Putting it on the market doesn’t mean you have to sell it if you don’t want to but it’s always nice to have the option. You never know whether it will take you weeks, months or even years to sell.
4. Be prepared to tidy your home EVERY day
As soon as the viewings start you realise that you need to start living in a permanent state of show-home perfection. Viewings are often arranged last minute and if your estate agent has keys to your place it means someone could be shown around at any time. Leaving the house now takes us twice as long in the morning as we need to make the bed, make sure there’s no dirty dishes and hide away half of my toiletries in the bathroom. This probably won’t be a problem for you unless you’re domestically challenged like us.
5. Spend a bit of money fixing small things
The one thing we did do before our flat went on the market was spend a couple of hundred quid getting bits and bobs around the flat fixed. Light fixings replaced, extractor fans fixed and floorboards mended. For very little money we managed to erase some of the unsightly things around the flat that could put people off. You might be looking for a diy project but some people can be put off by the slightest be of work.
So there you have it, the 5 main things I have learnt during this process. Let me know if you have any top tips for selling a property. Oh and our flat is still for sale so do get in touch if you’re interested 😉
How our dining table never looks
Garden lights fixed
Our secret stash of stuff in the car boot