Selling a House The Easy Way
There are few things we find more stressful in life than selling a house and moving on. That’s why it’s usually named as one of the top three stress-inducing life events.
But there are a few things you can do to make the process a little easier.
Consider whether selling is the right option
In some countries, the costs of selling and conveyancing can be so high that it may make sense to stay where you are. You’ll have your estate agent’s fees, the cost of a removal company and any necessary home improvements.
Each country will have specific rules about what else you need to provide when selling. For example, in the UK, you’ll have to pay for certain certificates, such as an energy performance certificate.
This is why it could be helpful to weigh up your reasons for wanting to sell. There may be solutions to your issues that don’t revolve around selling. For example, if you need more space, you may find it cheaper to extend your current home.
But there are plenty of reasons to sell up and find somewhere new. Do you want to be closer to family? Has the neighbourhood changed? Have you received a job transfer? A simple house extension won’t fix these issues.
Pick the right time to sell
The property market is like any other – there are seasonal peaks and troughs. Before you put your house on the market at the wrong time of year and wonder why it’s not selling, think carefully about when the right time for you to sell is.
Maybe you have a beautiful garden that looks stunning in the spring and early summer. Equally, maybe you have neighbours that play music loudly outside late into the evening in the warm weather. Putting it on the market in the winter could reduce the chances of potential buyers finding out about this.
The end of any year is going to be a difficult time to sell, with a lot of people’s focus on Christmas and New Year.
Choose the right price
To save yourself some frustration, it’s important to put your home on at the right price. This will avoid time-wasters who can’t afford what you’re asking for and want to drive you down to a price you won’t accept.
Picking the right estate agent is an important factor in getting your house on at the right price. You should choose someone who knows the area well, who won’t just rely on online data to reach an asking price.
But remember that negotiation is a presumed aspect of selling your house. A good estate agent will factor that into the asking price they recommend, so use that as a criteria to base your choice of agent.
Once you’ve sold your house, you may want to think about moving into a rented home for a period while you find somewhere new. This makes it more straightforward to move in when you find a new home.
This can also make you a more attractive option to sellers when you do find your new place. After all, they don’t want to have to wait for a buyer to sell their own home, which then comes with the added risk of the sale falling through for various reasons.
Although it will add to the overall cost of moving, you’ll make the process a lot simpler if you can move to another seller’s timescale.