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Should You Start Packing Before Putting Your Home on the Market?

It sounds odd, doesn’t it? After all, it could take a long time to sell your home if you are selling it on the open property market. Why would you start packing so soon when it could be months before you make a successful sale?

In truth, you have to think about splitting your belongings in terms of what you need and use on a regular basis, and what you can do without. You see, when someone walks into a property with the idea of buying it, they will want to see how much space there is and how much potential the property has. The more desirable it is to them, the more they are likely to pay for it.

Therefore, the last thing they want to see is your clutter and belongings all around the place. These are the things you can start to pack away before you even get your property valued. You can either store them neatly boxed away in cupboards or the garage if you have one, or you can store them elsewhere. However, you should bear in mind this is an excellent time to de-clutter and get rid of all manner of rubbish anyway, so you have less stuff to move when the time comes.

Do you really need that pile of magazines?  Is there a place in your new home for that pile of junk under the stairs?

While this might seem to be an unusual place to start, the more appealing you can make your home the easier it will be to sell it. However, it can be a real challenge to find a way to de-clutter and get rid of some of the things you own. To make it easier, go from room to room and focus on a specific area at a time. Ask yourself how you can make each area look bigger and more appealing to someone who is viewing the property. For example, think clear surfaces in the kitchen and lots of floor space in other rooms. If it helps, start with a small room or one that has the least amount of clutter to clear.

In short, packing well ahead of time is the smart way to do things. When you opt for this route you can ensure you are ready for viewings, not to mention finding the actual task of packing much easier when the time comes. Any method you can use to make selling your home easier has to be worth a try, doesn’t it?


Thinking of Christmas? Don’t let a house move put you off.

We may already be nearly halfway through the year, but there is still plenty of time to focus on selling your home so you can be in a new property before Christmas.

Of course with only six months to go, you need to use this time wisely. Take this opportunity to tidy your home and garden and de-clutter. You need to present your property in the best possible light so you can look forward to making a sale as quickly as possible. While you might sell it as it stands, it would be easier to do if you took some basic steps to make it more appealing.

You also need to think about how crucial it is to sell quickly. Of course, we would all like to move as quickly as possible once we have made the decision to do so. However, it is wise to think about whether there is a particular reason why you should move fast. Some people use fast sale services so they can be sure of being out of a property in double quick time. If you have already found another property to move to and you are prepared to take a cut on the sales price of your existing property, you might benefit from trying a fast sale company. Consider all the pros and cons before you choose the route to sell by, so you can make the most of your situation.

When you consider moving at this time of the year, it is often easy to think ahead to the festive season. It allows you to imagine what it would be like to celebrate in a new home. By planning ahead, checking your financial situation and ensuring you are able to afford your next move, you will stand a chance of achieving your goal and moving elsewhere by the end of 2013.

Of course, when you focus on going to a fast sale company you could have sold your property in a matter of a few short days, freeing you up to move on faster than you might think. So if you think it is too late to make a move in 2013, think again. Your next property could be waiting for you to find it, so you can start afresh in a new location. Consider all the possibilities now and get ready to make a move this year – a move for the better.


Treat your garden like another room

When it comes to selling a property, most people focus on the interior. They might repaint the exterior and clean the windows, but they almost invariably focus on the bricks and mortar rather than the garden and outside spaces.

However, while the garden may not be the most important part of the deal, it is still sold with the property. This means a nice house could be let down by a scruffy garden. It can also affect the selling price of the property. A nice garden will almost certainly add value and appeal, whereas a poor one that is overgrown and uncared for could reduce the levels of interest.

It’s definitely in your best interests therefore to make the most of what you have. You don’t have to be a keen gardener –you just need to be able to tidy things up and show people the potential. Apply the same rule outdoors as you do indoors – de-clutter, make it look presentable and make sure people can see what they could do with the space. In other words, it’s a good idea to treat your garden as another room – another space that can be viewed with the rest of the house.

For starters, focus on the front garden if you have one. First impressions really do count. Mow the lawn and get rid of any weeds. You should do this on your driveway as well. Even these two simple jobs will make a world of difference, and give an impression the entire property is well cared for (always a good impression to make). Once you have tidied the front garden move around to focus on the rear. Again, lawn mowing and weeding should be your first two priorities. Get rid of any rubbish that is sitting around and make sure you tidy away any children’s toys before the property receives any viewings. If the season is right you can always get a few colourful plants to put in pots or beds, to make the garden look more appealing.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to bring your garden up to scratch. Make sure you keep on top of the mowing and weeding until you sell your home, to ensure everything looks good for everyone who may view it at any point. You might be surprised how much difference these few steps will make. Try it at home now and see the transformation.


How will you sell your home?

For most people, the obvious route to selling a property is to contact an estate agent and instruct them to sell it on their behalf. However there are other methods for selling properties, and nowadays these methods are being used more and more. You may still decide to go down the conventional route, but it is good to know there are other practical choices you could make as well.

For example, if you find you cannot sell your house via an estate agent or do not want to risk the uncertainty of the open market you may want to consider going down the route of auctioning your property off. This is generally reserved for properties that are in a poor state of repair and require investment to bring them up to a better standard.

Another option – one which can be easier if you are in a hurry to sell your property – is the fast sale route. This is better if you are eager to sell quickly and you are prepared to sell for a lower price in exchange for a guaranteed completion. You will have the advantage of knowing what the selling price will be before you agree to it, so you will know where you stand before you go ahead with the sale. If the price doesn’t suit you, you don’t go ahead. This is in contrast with the idea of auctioning a property and only having a reserve price to go by.

You can also choose to sell your property privately, bypassing the estate agent and selling it on your own. This means you will save a lot of money, but it also means you will end up with a lot more work to do. In short, busy people with busy lives probably won’t have the time to make the savings.

If you want to sell your home in the near future, it is a good idea to consider all the options so you can find the most appropriate one for your needs. Most people automatically opt for an estate agent, but in some circumstances it is better to go down another route. By looking at all the possibilities you can make sure you are able to choose the best one for your needs.

You never know, you might sell more quickly and easily if you decide to bypass the estate agent and try another method of selling your home. The ideal choice will be the one that combines a speedy sale, a good price in the current economic climate and offers the least risk.


Can you sell a run down property?

It is a fact of life that some properties are in better condition than others. While some are well taken care of and look their very best, others look a bit uncared for and require some work.  Some are simply lived in and mature over the years along with the owners.

One question many people ask is whether it is still possible to sell a property that requires work. The answer is yes – all you need to do is find the right buyer. Of course, in reality things are a little more in depth than this. Generally speaking, the more work a property needs to have done on it, the lower the sale price will be. The buyer will offer a price that takes into account the investment they would need to make in the property. If the property requires £10,000 to bring it up to a reasonable standard, you would expect to sell it for £10,000 less than you could get if it was in good condition.

There is also the question of how easy a property is to sell if it is in poor condition. Some people look to buy a property they can just move into, without having to worry about doing lots of work. In other cases some buyers are prepared to get stuck in and improve a property if they see one they feel has potential.

As you can see, there are different situations to be aware of here, and there is no one instance where one rule applies over another. In the case of the fast sale housing market, most properties can and will be bought, regardless of their condition. However, as we have already seen, the purchase price will bear in mind the work that needs to be done on it.

So this is really good news for you if you own a rundown property and you want to sell it on as quickly as possible. It is wise to consider the options you have in front of you, which are to sell it as it is or make some improvements so you can sell it for more money. Time is another factor that comes into play here – do you realistically have the time to spend improving and renovating your property, or would you benefit from selling it ASAP?

Once you know the full picture you can decide what to do in your situation.

Once again it becomes a scenario of how motivated are you to sell?

A property that requires lots of work doing, particularly if it is structural may put people off on the open market.  Lets face it, these days there’s enough choice around!  On the other hand though some people on the open market go for properties that require a lot of work as they want to personalise them and like a project.

Another option would be an auction, typically speaking a lot of properties that require work end up at auction. A benefit of an auction is you can set a reserve price, therefore if it the property doesn’t reach that reserve price it doesn’t sell.  However, the majority of the time auctions have large fee’s attached to them and then its always a case of people actually have to turn up to bid.  Therefore, whilst an auction can be a good route to sell a property requiring work it is far from guaranteed.

Whereas a fast sale company like ourselves will offer a guaranteed purchase on any property in any condition.  Completion can be carried out within a week and we don’t charge a fee to purchase the property from you.

In summary, there are many options for selling a rundown property in need of  a little TLC but as always each one carries different levels of guarantees, fee’s and of course a difference in how much you will receive.

If you are motivated to sell quick and don’t want the hassle of the open market, the risk of sales falling through due to survey and want a quick and easy cash sale then our team are on hand to discuss your fast sale option today.


How Quickly do you need to Sell?

If you own your own home, the chances are you will want to sell up and move on at some point. There are many reasons why people do this. For example they may find work in another area that requires them to move. They may want to move to be closer to family. Alternatively they may simply want to move to a bigger property to accommodate their growing family. Perhaps just a change of scene is required in some cases.

Regardless of the reason for selling, you need to think about how quickly you would like to move as well. Many people would rather move sooner than later. Once you make up your mind to move, it is understandable that you’d want to get on with it and make a new start. However, the urgency of your move could influence the route you take to sell your home.

Estate agents are generally accepted to be the most obvious way to sell a property. However they are not the only way. Furthermore, it can take some time to sell a property via an estate agent. If you are in a hurry to move this may not be the ideal route for you. It is not unusual for properties to sit on the market for up to 2 years in the current economic climate.

 

This is why some people decide to use fast sale companies. The idea is simple – the company offers a price for your home and you decide whether or not to accept it. Generally speaking, the faster the sale, the bigger the discount you would take on the sale price. However, if a fast sale is imperative for you, it might be the ideal solution. Clearly you need to weigh up the differences between the services and think about how fast you would like to move. If you have a specific time limit for your moving date, this could be the best way to make sure you are moved out in time to move on, so to speak.

In short, if you want or need to sell your home, make sure you look through all the options before you decide on the route that is best for you. This is the only way to get the best sale price and the sale you want, at a time that is right for you. Moving is always a big task but it can be made easier if you have thought all your options through.

The golden question is probably…how motivated are you to sell?


Is a cash sale suitable for you?

Imagine for a moment that you could sell your property within a matter of days and have the money for the sale in your bank account in just four weeks or less. Does it sound like a myth – an ideal situation that would never occur in real life?

It may do, but you can in fact sell your property in this exact situation if you wish. The solution comes via a fast sale – selling your property to a company that provides this service. A company such as ours has the advantage of having cash on hand to pay for your property. We look to buy all kinds of properties, from well kept ones to those that need a lot of work doing to them. We also buy them in many areas across the country, so wherever you are you might be able to take advantage of a fast sale.

You may have heard about this type of sale situation before, although you may not know exactly how it works. The idea of selling your property and getting the cash for it in a matter of a few short weeks might seem unusual, even strange, but it does happen. The trick is to make sure it is the best decision for you, if you decide to go down this route. A fast sale is appealing to many, but most people want to get the best price for their home. This means making sure you choose the best method for selling and also work out whether you can afford to sell at a lower price.

As you can see, this sales method does have its pros and cons, just as any other way of selling your property will have. The key is to focus on why you are selling and how soon you want to move. In some cases, people are able to move on and leave their property empty to be sold whenever the time arises to do so. In other cases it is imperative they get the best price as quickly as possible. If you know where you fit in with this scenario, you’ll find it far easier to get the result you want.

If you think you might benefit from a fast sale, find out as much as you can about this prospect. This will help you figure out whether you want to go down this route or not.

From a cash sale, to an auction, to a traditional open market sale there are many ways of selling your property in this modern era.

If you have considered all your options and are determined to go for the quickest process possible then without a doubt, a cash sale from a genuine cash buyer like ourselves is the quickest and easiest method of obtaining a chain free, guaranteed sale.


Getting A Valuation For Your Home

If you’re thinking of moving the first step to take will be to find out what your property is worth. Knowing how much you could sell it for would help you plan ahead and to see how much you could potentially spend on your next property.

Before you get a valuation, it is a good idea to make sure your home looks its best. Many people lose out here by not spending a little time ensuring their property looks fresh and clean and tidy. Simple tasks such as repainting the exterior, mowing the lawn, tidying the garden beds and redecorating where needed inside can all make a big difference.

When you get a valuation, make sure you ask more than one estate agent to provide one for you. They will all give slightly different prices so by getting more than one you can get a more accurate idea of what your home is really worth.

Next you need to decide how you want to sell your home. It is a good idea to remember different ways of selling will likely result in different prices. For example you may be lucky and get the asking price if you sell it on the open market. However, depending on the property and its location it might be up for sale for many months before being sold. You don’t have to agree to a lower offer but you should think about whether or not you could realistically get more before you sell.

If you decide to opt for the fast sale route, the price you are offered will be based on a number of factors, including a proper valuation. The speed at which you want to sell will help you decide how much you are willing to accept for a faster sale. Your circumstances will very likely come into play too, so it is worth thinking about all these aspects before you decide where to go with your valuation.

The other option is to sell your home via an auction. Many people tend to do this with properties that are difficult to sell on the open market, or that have already been up for sale for a long time with no luck. A valuation is still a good idea here so you have an idea of what it should sell for, and with a reserve price in place you know you are guaranteed that minimum amount