When it comes to selling a house, it can be a daunting process. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following these steps, you can make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Decide if you’re ready to sell.
Before you put your house on the market, it’s important to make sure you’re ready to sell. This means having a good understanding of your finances, including how much you owe on your mortgage and how much you expect to make from the sale. You should also consider your personal circumstances, such as whether you have a job lined up in another city or if you need to sell your house quickly.
Get your finances in order.
Realistically Once you’ve decided to sell, you’ll need to get your finances in order. You need to make sure that you have enough money to not only cover the costs of buying or renting a new home but also the additional costs such as estate agent fees, legal fees, and moving costs.
Choose an estate agent.
An estate agent can help you market your property and find buyers. When choosing an estate agent, it’s important to compare different agents and choose one that you feel comfortable working with. Ask about their experience, fees, and marketing strategy. Also, haggle and compare fees to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Get your home valued.
Setting the right asking price is essential for selling your house quickly and for a good price. You risk scaring people off by setting it too high, and too low means that you lose out on money you could have made. Research local house prices and do research on local estate agent site for recent prices houses near you were sold for. You can also get your estate agent to give you a valuation.
Prepare your home for sale.
Before you put your house on the market, it’s important to give it a good clean and declutter. You may also want to make some minor repairs and improvements. You should get it in good shape for valuations and viewings that will take place once your home is on the market. This includes things such as mowing your lawn, a fresh bit of paint, or cleaning the windows and doors. This will make your home more appealing to potential buyers and can raise the value of your home.
Market your property.
Once your home is ready for sale, your estate agent will start marketing it. This may involve listing your property on their website, advertising in local papers, and holding open houses. This will involve the photography of your home. Make sure all the clutter is tidied away and that your furniture is it tip op condition (yes, clean those sofa cushions!). Double check you’re happy with th photos and floorplans of your house before signing it off to be sold.
Accept an offer.
When you receive an offer on your home, you’ll need to decide whether to accept it or negotiate. If you accept the offer, you’ll need to instruct your conveyancing solicitor to start the legal process of selling your house.
Once the legal process is complete, you and the buyer will exchange contracts. This means that you are legally committed to selling your house to the buyer and the buyer is legally committed to buying your hous e.
Complete the sale.
Congrats! You’ve sold your home and got the best price for it. There is a little more work to go through before you cross the finish line. On the day of completion, you and the buyer will sign the final paperwork and the buyer will transfer the money to you. Finally, you will hand over the keys. Sounds simple, and to an extent it is. Use this guide as a plan and you’ll be able to sell your house hassle free.