Tips to sell your house quickly
Last updated: 18/11/2021 | Reading time: 5 minutes
Selling your home can be a long and daunting process that can take many months to complete.
However, there are lots of things you can do to try to speed up the process and find a buyer as quickly as possible.
How quickly you sell your home depends on how soon you receive a suitable offer. In order to speed up the house selling process, you’ll want to make your house appealing to potential buyers.
- Make sure your home makes a good first impression
- Make the outside of your home tidy and presentable so it leaves a good first impression on potential buyers. Clean the windows and doors to make your home look shiny and new and remove any bins or rubbish from view.
- It’s also important to make the inside feel like somewhere potential buyers could see themselves living.
- Tidy away any clutter to make the home seem more spacious and give the property a deep clean; potential buyers may be put off by a sink full of dirty dishes.
- Simple things like making the beds and adding cushions and throws to the sofa and fresh towels to the bathroom can make the home feel inviting. Light scented candles or use your favourite air freshener to add a warming fragrance to your home.
- If you have a front or back garden, balcony or driveway, make sure it’s kept tidy so you can demonstrate how much outdoor space is available to potential buyers.
- You may also want to give your home decor a bit of an upgrade in order to make your home as appealing as possible to anyone coming to view it. Touch up your paintwork and replace any old or worn wallpaper and carpets.
- If you’ve got bright and bold walls, you may want to opt for a more neutral colour to avoid putting off any potential buyers. Bright or dark walls can also make a room feel smaller, so going for a white or beige colour can create the illusion of more space.
If you’re asking over the odds for your property, you may be waiting longer than usual for an offer you’re happy with. So, if you’re looking to sell your home quickly, be strategic with your asking price.
Do your research and find out what other homes in the area have sold for, so you know what sort of figure to expect.
Choose a realistic asking price to increase your chances of receiving a suitable offer quickly. If your home still hasn’t sold after a few weeks or months, you might want to consider reducing the asking price to speed up the sale.
Have your home valued by a number of different estate agents; however, don't choose who to sell with solely based on price. If an estate agent is offering to sell your home for a significant amount more than the others, this could be a tactic to secure business and it may take a lot longer to sell.
To speed up the process, make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork to help move things along quickly.
You may need to supply documents such as property title deeds, property details and floorplans, utility bills and building or contents insurance policies. Ask your estate agent and conveyancing solicitor what you will need to supply and prepare these in advance.
Before you can sell your home, you’ll need to apply for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), applying for this as soon as possible may avoid any hold up. You can use the GOV.UK tool to find a qualified assessor in England or Wales to provide you with an EPC certificate. In Scotland, the Scottish EPC Register has a list of approved EPC organisations you can use.
There are estate agents that specialise in selling your property quickly for you. Using a quick house sale company is something that some people opt for, often if they’re up against time and need to sell promptly.
Quick sale firms will offer to buy your house for you, or find someone else to buy it very quickly, often at less than its market value.
Some quick sale companies have been known to charge hidden fees, give incorrect property valuations, or reduce the price of the house at the very last minute - so look up each firm and try to find honest reviews.
However you choose to sell your home, don’t rush into any decisions. Even if you’re up against time and trying to sell your home quickly, make sure you take the time to research all options and get additional support where needed.
- Have your home valued before you approach a quick sale company. Try to get a valuation from three different estate agents, so you’re aware of the market value of your home.
- Don’t just settle for the first quick sale company you come across, be sure to look into a number of quick sale companies and shop around for the best option.
- Find out if the company will buy your house, or pass your details onto a third-party buyer.
- Make sure they are a member of The National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB). If something does go wrong, this provides security that you’ll have the right of redress.
- Get everything in writing and don’t accept any non-written assurances.
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price and terms.
- If you’re still worried, you could seek your own legal advice from a solicitor, as you go through the process.