Selling your home can be a challenging and laborious process, especially if you’re in a hurry.
Some sellers are in the fortunate position of being able to take their time but for others - those who have bought another property, for example, or are switching jobs and have a deadline to meet - time is an important factor.
Recent research suggests the average time for a property seller to seal the deal is five months, but the process can be a lot speedier if you make the right decisions.
It can be tempting to go with the first offer in a bid to move out quickly but this might not be the best deal, and could see you getting less than your property is worth.
So how can homeowners who are looking to be out of their property quickly speed up selling process?
The first and most important step to take when trying to sell your home is to secure the right estate agent.
According to the National Association of Realtors, homes sold without estate agents can go for thousands less.
Estate agents act as the main point of contact for both homeowners and potential buyers, scheduling viewings and being responsible for the listing and marketing of the property.
A good estate agent will be able to answers questions about issues you may not understand and will have access to more platforms, which could allow for more people to see your property.
In choosing an estate agent, it’s important to remember that the cheapest is not necessarily the best. Many online agents, who charge a flat, up-front fee, will promise you the earth, but fail to deliver.
Paying an agent in advance means there is no incentive for them to sell your property. They will already have their fee, irrespective of whether you find a buyer for your home and, in most cases, their service will extend to little more than advertising your home on a property portal.
A traditional, high street estate agency like Scottish Property Centre may be a little more expensive but you’re paying for their expertise, years of experience, local knowledge and marketing skills that will ensure you get the best possible price for your home in the shortest time.
What’s more, the fees you’ll need to pay for a successful sale shouldn’t motivate who you choose.
It’s tempting to go with the agent who quotes the highest possible selling price, but it may not be the most realistic.
Experienced agencies like Scottish Property Centre are also the most dependable and their reputation is built on using their years of experience and knowledge of the area to quote the highest achievable rate.
Pick someone you trust who knows the local area and has a track-record of selling properties like yours.
It was recently revealed that by renovating the garden, homeowners could increase the value of their property by £60,000.
According to experts at The Greenhouse People, you can boost the value of your house by up to 20% just by making small changes to the garden.
A thoughtfully designed garden that mirrors the style and décor of your house will attract the right attention and give a sense of extra space.
For more information on how to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price, contact your local Scottish Property Centre branch or visit www.scottishpropertycentre.net