It is well known that selling your home doesn’t always happen as quickly as you would like. The to-do list is often as long as your arm and getting started is just half the battle. But don’t despair, there are lots of things you can do to help speed up the process of selling your home.
Whether your home is in Belfast, Armagh, Omagh, Antrim, Enniskillen, Derry, Larne or Lisburn, one of the main benefits of using an online estate agent is that things tend to happen a little quicker. The process of signing up to having your property introduced to the market can often only take a matter of days. Once that happens, it won’t be long before viewings and even offers begin to come your way.
The Best time of Year to Sell Your Home
Consider the time of year that you are selling your home, especially if you want a quick sale. Some seasons tend to be more popular for buying and selling, which means your home will be more likely to get snapped up.
As soon as Christmas is over the property market again springs into action. From boxing day onwards expect to see activity boom.
Spring is an ideal time as many people aren’t away on summer holidays, and your home and garden tend to look brighter and more appealing thanks to flowers blooming and more sunshine. Parents also tend to prefer a Spring move so their family is settled in before school starts in September.
Autumn also tends to be a good time to time to sell, as the weather is usually still bright and warm enough. Many people also start to plan out the next few months after the summer.
During the Christmas season, the property market tends to quiet as many of us focus instead on festive activities.
Avoid the height of the summer holidays (July/August) as many prospective buyers will be on holiday.
Be Aware of Local Developments
As well as being aware of the best time of year to sell your home on a national basis, consider what’s going on locally. Are there any development projects that could be either detrimental or beneficial to the sale of your home?
For example, new schools, transport and homes can increase house prices and also your chances of selling quickly, whereas a building site just down the road might put temporality buyers off. Check with your local council as to what proposed projects might be underway when you intend to sell your home.
Choose the Right Selling Price
If your house is too overpriced, getting a quick sale could be tricky. Make sure you work with your agent to get an accurate and achievable asking price that will drive engagement with buyers. It’s good to be ambitious, but make sure you are realistic too, and plan your value with market trends in mind. The more competitive and realistic you price your home at, the more likely it is a sale will come your way.
Make Sure You Have Adequate Promotional & Supporting Materials
The supporting materials that you provide when selling your home have an enormous impact on your chances of selling. Selling your house is similar to selling a car, you need to showcase the interior, exterior and key features, as well as provide energy efficiency info and a detailed spec.
Make sure that photographs you have collected of the the property are of first class quality. Consider flattering angles of the home, captured at the best time of day to ensure natural light warms your home. You will also need an EPC report, a detailed floor plan and key information about your home.
Present Your Home With Style for Viewings
There’s no point doing all the hard work and creating a fantastic ad for your home if it’s not exactly viewing ready. If you want a quick sale, you need to present your home in the best possible light. Which means making sure every room is spotless and made to look as impressive as possible. When people come to view your home, make sure the lighting is favourable and they come during daylight hours. Make the house feel like a home.
Consider Your Buyer Carefully
If you want a quick house sale, then accepting the first potential buyer that comes along may not always be the best idea. Before accepting an offer, ensure they are ready to move reasonably quickly, and enquire as to whether or not they are they part of a chain, whereby they are in the process of selling their current home. If they are part of a chain then you could be in for a slightly longer wait compared to a potential buyer who is chain free.
Sell Your House Online
As online property experts, we can get you into the best possible position to sell your home fast online. Online Estate Agent NI can help sellers go from ad listing to a sale within a couple of weeks by giving you the power to take control of viewings and manage the sale yourself.
We can help you with everything you need to sell your home, including 360 degree virtual tour, valuing your home, providing a for sale sign, taking photos and giving your property the exposure you need.
We’ve also got a nifty viewing management tool which automatically vets and registers prospective buyers. This happens in real time, with no delays or waiting around, so you can move through the process of selling your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.
To find out how Online Estate Agent NI help you speed up the selling process, get in touch today..