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How to Sell a Home Fast

13 Jan 2020

How to Sell a Home Fast
Preparing your home for potential homebuyers can be daunting. .


 At a time when the property market is prone to fluctuations, selling a home quickly is not without challenges. If you would like to learn more about how to sell a home as soon as possible, we have put together some tips that are guaranteed to ensure a quick sale. Keep reading to know more. 

Sell Your Home Quickly to a Cash House Buying Company

Cash house-buying companies are one of the quickest ways to sell your home. The sale process is stress-free as you will get a guaranteed offer within your desired timeline. It's also hassle-free in that there are no estate agency contracts, commissions, and EPCs required. Once your house has been sold, you will receive the money in your bank account within 28 days.

List Your House at an Auction 

If you are selling your home at an auction, you can expect to get at least 75-80% of its market value. Bear in mind that a buyer is not guaranteed. However, an action is a good choice if your property needs some work or has a short lease. Furthermore, if your house is sold, the winning bidder is legally required to pay a 10% deposit and the full amount within a month to complete the sale.

Use an Online Quick Sale Agent 

Quick sale agents operating online have a host of services that you could benefit from if you are looking to sell your home quickly. With their assisted selling services, online auctions and open listings, they can not only sell your home fast, but also get you more for your property compared to a cash buyer. The key is finding the perfect homebuyer or investor, which can be challenging.

Opt for Multi-Agency Listings 

If your house has been on the market for a while without any sale turnaround, it may be time to switch estate agents. You can even opt for multi-agency listings as it increases your chances of selling your home fast and getting the best price for it. Bear in mind that agents, however, can be tricky to manage, and the agency fees are likely to increase as well. 

A large luxury detached house in the UK with garden furniture on the patio.

Upgrade Your Home

In addition to the multiple streams for selling properties, there are certain steps you can take to make your home extra-sellable. The easiest one is to give it a quick freshen-up. Your home will not only seem more appealing, but it will also pique greater interest which will boost its value. 

1. Declutter Your Home

When selling your home, it is important to have a thorough declutter. Not only will this improve the moving out process, but it will also make your home appear bigger and brighter. Decluttering can help you sell your home faster, and it is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do so. You can put excess belongings in storage or perhaps give them to a friend until you have your own space. 

Clearing out your home will encourage people to envisage what the property will look like when they move in, as it is not cluttered with your personal belongings. To make rooms appear even bigger, consider replacing any bulky furniture with smaller, minimalist pieces to create a more open atmosphere.

2. Coat the Walls in a Splash of Paint  

Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint will also make your home appear bigger and brighter. Choosing a neutral colour will make it easier for buyers to move in. If your walls are a slightly unusual colour (e.g. purple or green), it could put many potential buyers off. The colour has to be livable and appealing. Depending on the paint job and the real estate market, you can expect a 50-500% return on your investment, just from painting alone. 

3. Revamp the Kitchen 

For many of us, the kitchen is the focal point of the home - a space where we spend quality time with friends and family. Refurbishing can not only give your kitchen a fresh new look, but it is also a lot cheaper than replacing your entire kitchen. Updating your kitchen surfaces can be costly, but has been proven to add serious value to your home. 

When selling your house, it is also important to make the space look clean and open. You should clear out any appliances and leave a simple bowl of fruit out.

4. Maximise Natural Light 

There are lots of ways to make your house appear bright and airy. Wall mirrors are a great way to make a room look bigger, especially in small areas such as the hallway. You can also brighten your rooms by giving your windows a thorough clean. Although it can be time-consuming, it is worth the effort as it will make your property a lot more attractive to prospective buyers. You can also brighten your rooms by putting small lamps in the corners, for additional light.

5. Make Your Home Fragrant

This may seem like a minor factor to consider when selling your house, but a nice-smelling property can really make a difference. Bad smells are a huge turn-off for potential homebuyers. You can fix bad smells by clearing old drains and washbins, opening windows, and washing old bedsheets. 

Fragrance can make a home feel alluring and can encourage viewers to spend more time looking around. To make your home smell beautiful, invest in a good-quality air freshener plug-in. You could also light some scented candles prior to viewings, or opt for reed diffusers in each room. You might have already heard that baking a fresh loaf of bread or a cake conjures a homely scent, so if you love baking this could be a great addition!

Victorian brick terraced houses in Ealing, West London on a summer day.

Given the fluctuations that the housing market is prone to, being apprehensive about putting your home on the market is understandable. However, with a few tips and a little bit of work, you can encourage your home to sell faster. 

Moving house can be a stressful experience. At Bishop’s Move, we have a dedicated removals branch that has the expertise to handle any household move, irrespective of distance. We offer a range of bespoke moving services so that our work is tailored exactly to your needs. Secure your free home moving survey today.