• Rachael Panteney

Tips for selling your home

With the General Election and Christmas now well behind us and children settled back at school, people are starting to put into action their plans for the year. Traditionally people wait for Spring to sell their homes, but if you’re looking to get moving, you may be considering putting your house on the market now.

1. Boost your home’s kerb appeal.

The HomeOwnersAlliance recent survey found that 68% of buyers found kerb appeal to be important. The features that matter most to home buyers are windows being in good condition and a roof that doesn’t need repair.

2. Make sure the price is right.

Too high and you won’t get any viewings, too low and you’ll miss out on getting what your house is worth. You can check what houses in your area sold for using the Land Registry site http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/app/ppd/

3. Get your house ready for sale.

As Brexit uncertainty hangs about, only the best houses will sell. Make sure yours is looking top-notch. During these winter months make sure your home does not look too dark – it is vital to let in light with lamps, candles and mirrors.

4. Set up your solicitor.

Instruct a conveyancing solicitor early and start pulling paperwork together now if you want to secure a quick sale.

5. Optimise your viewings.

Let your estate agent take the lead and tackle any tricky questions, but listen in to make sure they’re putting your house in its best light. And do a final clean before any prospective buyers arrive.

6. Choose the right buyer.

You’re ideally looking for a buyer who has evidence that they have their finances in place and will be able to move quickly in organising a survey and a solicitor.

Rachael Panteney

Financial Adviser

Willow Tree Financial Services

01323 436680


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