When we put our homes on the market, we imagine that someone will be able to see it’s charms and make us an offer quickly. However, selling a home in the current market isn’t always that simple. On average, it takes 15 viewings to sell a house, but again this doesn’t give us a very reliable timescale for selling. If you live in a desirable area, you could get 15 viewings in a week, if you live in other postcodes, this could take months, so selling your house quickly is never guaranteed. If you have had your property listed online for a while and have found you’re either not getting viewings, or simply haven’t had the right offers, here are some steps you can take.
Look for common turn-offs
It’s easy to see your own home through rose-tinted glasses, since you’ve spent time decorating it to your tastes and spent time and money on it. But there are certain things that can turn buyers off, such as:
- Lack of parking
- Ground floor bedrooms
- Poor decorative condition
- Outdated kitchens or bathrooms
- Downstairs bathrooms
- Outlandish colours and design
Some of these things you can spend time on and improve, but other things you can’t do much about, so you need to make the most of your online listing to show the best things about the area. If you don’t have the budget to fix certain issues, you can look at selling your house for cash, as home buyers won’t be worried about things like older fixtures.
Do some research into prices
A lot of the time, a house simply won’t sell because the price is unrealistic, so simply reducing the price will bring it into more buyers’ price range. A long drawn out selling process can cost you money, as well as your dream house, so options such as a 7-day house sale might be an option for you to consider. While you may not want to take less than the asking price, it’s worth considering how much a long, drawn out house sale will cost versus simply selling now.
Make sure your online listing is up to scratch
Most buyers will look for homes online, and marketing them properly is key. Your photos should show your home in its best light and look clean and uncluttered. Remember, exterior shots are usually shown in search results, so they’re particularly important to get people to click. You should also check whether your listing has been written to appeal to the right market. Does it point out the positives of the property such as close proximity to train stations or good schools? If not, you should speak to your estate agent and get it changed.
When you need to sell your home quickly, UK Homebuyers can give you an offer, no matter what its condition or location. Our customer service line is open 24/7, just call 0800 051 7645 for a quick offer or fill in our online contact form.