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JuggleMum Featured Post ImageSelling your home? How to speed up the process
So your home has been sitting on the market for weeks, maybe months. It’s not the biggest or best house, but it’s in a nice area and there’s nothing wrong with it that you can see – so why is nobody showing any interest? There might be many factors that are playing a part in the lack of success – here’s how to reverse the problem:

It doesn’t matter where where you live; if your home is full of personal items and effects visitors might struggle to imagine themselves living inside. Anyone who has different views of what is acceptable in a home, such items and memorabilia might find your certificates or photos an instant turn-off. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves living in the home by removing the personal clutter and keep that safe for your new home!

Buyers don’t want to go through the process of spending tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds on a home, only to then shell out on repairs and redecorations. Imagine yourself touring a home that is riddled with little problems and flaws that need rectifying – alarm bells might start ringing immediately, because if the seller can’t be bothered to put in the work to fix these issues what other skeletons lurk in the cupboard?

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Make your home as modern and perfect as possible without breaking the bank; that means fixing any taps and fittings, repairing squeaky doors and fixing any errant skirting boards. Redecorate and de-clutter your rooms for the purposes of staging photographs, which will be beneficial when you come to move. A decision might need to be made on an old-fashioned kitchen or bathroom – ripping it out and replacing it might push up the value of the home by more than the cost of the work, and it also saves the potential buyer having to bother.

Online sales
Online estate agents such as HouseSimple continue to change the way homes are sold, pushing sales through more quickly and cheaply than their high street counterparts. Most charge a flat rate for completing the sale, rather than a (more expensive) percentage, and the sales are usually faster as agents can target several hundred sites in one go. The sale work – valuation, floor plans, photography, etc – is usually part of the deal.

As well as the benefits that an online estate agent confers, you can also market your house yourself – for free. Social media is a great tool for picking up a younger audience, by searching and using hashtags on Twitter to pinpoint particular audiences – those moving to a specific area, for example. Good photographs, links to local news, events or amenities of interest, and videos can all enrich the experience. Failing that, try the more traditional routes such as newspapers.

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Comments to Selling Houses

  • Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks for selling a house x

    Izzie Anderton 5th February 2016 10:02 am Reply
    • You’re welcome x

      Nadine Hill 5th February 2016 11:24 am Reply
  • Some great suggestions – my parents are planning a move later in the year so will point them in your direction!

    Sonya Cisco 5th February 2016 10:16 am Reply
    • Good luck to mum & dad!!

      Nadine Hill 5th February 2016 11:24 am Reply
  • Great tips! It is so easy to forget about these little details when you are selling a house. HouseSimple sounds like a brilliant idea! I am going to tell my sister as her house has been on the market for ages with a high street agent and she has hardly had any viewings (and it is a gorgeous house!) x

    louise 5th February 2016 2:14 pm Reply
    • Thank you – I hope that it helps her. x

      Nadine Hill 6th February 2016 12:46 pm Reply
  • We looked round some terribly presented houses when we bought both of our homes. I’ll never forget though the woman who didn’t answer the front door for ages because she was putting washing out in the garden. We also couldn’t get through the front door as she had blocked it with old dining room chairs!

    Ness 5th February 2016 10:44 pm Reply
    • Hmm- guaranteed to put you off!

      Nadine Hill 6th February 2016 12:45 pm Reply
  • I so want to move and my dream house is for sale around the corner. Sadly we cannot afford it but if the lottery fairy waves her magic wand I will be back to follow these tips

    Kara 6th February 2016 7:10 am Reply
    • Ooh just around the corner? I hope you get your lottery wish!

      Nadine Hill 6th February 2016 12:45 pm Reply
  • I wholeheartedly agree with depersonalising, people tend to get attached to all sorts of memorabilia which sadly looks very much like clutter to a potential house buyer1xx

    oana79 8th February 2016 11:36 am Reply
    • It’s hard to think our ‘treasures’ would be ‘junk’ to some people but alas it is the truth when it comes to selling houses! Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 9th February 2016 9:14 am Reply
  • Really great tips and tricks Nadine. Revitalise is a really good one, we did that when we upped sticks from London five years ago. Some people can’t imagine themselves in a house unless it’s a blank canvas, worked well and we sold pretty fast.

    Charly Dove 10th February 2016 12:38 pm Reply
    • I think these days buyers are more choosy – rightly so! So we have to depersonalise a lot if we want to sell.

      Nadine Hill 10th February 2016 1:21 pm Reply
  • Great tips! we are trying to sell at the moment, but our house is so cluttered, i am sure it gives a bad impression.

    Emma 15th February 2016 7:58 pm Reply
  • Great post! What could be also helpful is that when you sell your home, the buyer’s funds pay your mortgage lender and cover transaction costs. The remaining amount becomes your profit. That money can be used for anything, but many buyers use it as a down payment for their new home. This is how it works 🙂

    PFS Aggregates 8th April 2021 11:09 am Reply

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