If you’re planning to put your home up for sale, there’s a lot to think about right now. As the first daffodils start to bloom across gardens and verges, the housing market usually blossoms too.
In 2023, with expectations of slowing demand and house price falls, it has never been more important to focus on the fundamentals of selling a house. Here are some things you should think about before the ‘For Sale’ sign goes up.
The overall market might seem to indicate waning demand. However, to sell a house, you only need to find one keen buyer – and there are plenty still out there!
The number of views of homes for sale on Rightmove soared by 20% between the week commencing 19 December and Boxing Day week1. The “promising activity and familiar patterns over the festive period… are good signs for the year ahead,” commented Rightmove’s Tim Bannister.
Focus on what you can control
With house prices forecast to fall, some potential sellers are rushing to the market and others are holding off until conditions stabilise. It is important, though, not to become fixated on market movements.
Instead, focus on the things you can control. Making your house as marketable as possible before listing will help you maximise your chances of achieving a good price. Some easy ways to add value and ensure a speedy sale include:
- Removing clutter before viewings. Your house shouldn’t look empty, but prospective buyers need to be able to picture themselves living there
- Making minor repairs can reassure buyers they won’t have too much work to do when they move in. Small details can make a big difference
- Controlling the smells of your home can make a big difference to a viewing experience. A fresh spring scent might not seal the deal on its own, but it won’t put buyers off!
Ask the experts
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