The length of time it takes to sell your home will depend on a number of factors, one of which is how long it takes you to find a genuine buyer who makes an acceptable offer. Once you accept an offer, you should be able to exchange contracts within 8 weeks to 12 weeks, assuming you work with an estate agents who knows what they are doing. But what can you do to speed up the process of finding a buyer?
Factors that will play a big part in determining how long it takes you to find a willing buyer include the following:
- Setting a Realistic Asking Price – You will want to leave room for negotiation but if you set your asking price too high, it could seriously hamper your efforts to sell your home.
- Decluttering Your Home – A messy home can be very off-putting to prospective buyers so it’s a good idea to declutter before viewings start. The tidier and more attractive each room looks, the more likely it is that people who come to see your home will be interested in buying it.
- Consider Simple Home Staging – There’s no need to rent a lorry load of high-end furniture but you can seriously improve your chances of making a quick sale by employing some tried and tested home staging techniques. Set the table for dinner with a fresh white tablecloth before evening viewings, brew fresh coffee before morning viewings and keep everything sparkling clean at all times.
- Repaint or Renovate the Exterior – If the outside of your home looks shabby and uncared for, you could be in for a very long wait when you try to sell it. A fresh coat of paint and freshly repointed brickwork can transform the appearance of older properties, and a neat garden will help to complete the impression of a well cared for home.
In addition to the above tips, you should find an estate agents that is committed to helping you to make a sale. For personal assistance from the South London property specialists, get in touch with us now.