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What Makes a House Sell Quickly?

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Want to achieve a fast sale? No matter what your motivation may be, we want to help you take control of the situation.

We know that there are many reasons why you might need to sell your house quickly. You may feel like the speed of your sale is out of your hands because of the property market. However, there are ways to increase the chances of a speedy house sale.

You could go for a house-buying company, an auction, or adjust the asking price – though all may have their respective drawbacks.

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How fast can you sell your house?

Selling your house quickly is possible – with a house-buying company, you could get the sale done in as little as a week – a month.

You will have to accept less than your asking price to get the speed guarantee. So if you’re looking for the best balance between price and speed, here are some tips.

If you recently bought the property and are now looking to sell, we’ve got you covered.  Take a look at our article about how fast you can sell a home after buying it.

Even if you don’t have a deadline, a speedy sale is a good idea.

Not only do you get the weight of the sale off your shoulders faster, but you’re also likely to get more money if it’s sold sooner rather than later – houses depreciate the longer they stay on the market.

So, let’s look at the best ways to get a quick sale.

Should you sell your house for cash to a company?

If you’re in a hurry, selling your house to a cash house-buying company could be an option. Before you do, though, make sure they’re a reliable company.

Your house is your most valuable asset, so don’t rush the research process. Read reviews, get recommendations from friends, and use comparison sites to make sure you’re entering into a safe and trustworthy deal.

So, how does it work? The company will buy your house in cash and then resell it. This is the fastest way to sell your house, but the sale price will be much lower.

On average, house-buying companies will offer you 70% of the market value of your house, whereas if you sell your house via an estate agent, you will get around 90% of the value. 

Make sure to go through a reputable company to avoid time wasters and scammers, as these are both very real possibilities.

What makes a house sell quickly
Selling your house quickly is possible - with a house-buying company, you could get the sale done in as little as a week - a month.

Could selling your house at auction be your way to a fast sale?

Some homeowners decide to put their homes up for auction. This is a great choice if you need to quickly sell your house, as the sale is usually completed within two months of the auction.

You’ll typically receive 75-85% of the property’s value, just like when you use a house-buying company. However, the property is not guaranteed to be sold; it depends on somebody or a business showing interest.

Who might consider this option?

How much will changing your estate agent make a difference?

If you’ve been working with an estate agent but feel that the sale is being delayed because of them, it may be time to switch. Changing to a different estate agent could require some effort and time, so it’s not a guaranteed way to speed up the house-buying process.

However, if you do your research and find someone who could do a better job, it should speed up the process and get you more money in the long run. On the other hand, some suggest that a new agent may have to reduce the price to make any difference.

Do you need to rethink your property marketing
Studies suggest that properties with professional photos sell 35% faster than those with amateur images. In other words, spending money may make you more money.

Do you need to rethink your marketing?

Is your online listing showing your house in the best way possible? Photos for marketing are often underestimated but can have a significant effect on the speed and price of your sale. Most house searches start online, so your property pictures need to stand out.

Studies suggest that properties with professional photos sell 35% faster than those with amateur images. In other words, spending money may make you more money.

Ask your estate agent what platforms they are using to market the property. You want as many people to see it as possible, so consider not only Zoopla and Rightmove but also local Facebook groups and even Gumtree.

Talk to your agent about what platforms they are using and if they can extend their reach through social media.

Is it worth making some changes to the house?

If you’re in a hurry to sell your home, there are still things you can do to draw more interest and make the process go faster. Make sure potential buyers have the opportunity to move in without having to make too many changes. If time is tight, a few simple tasks can make a huge difference:

Update kitchens and bathrooms. Fix anything that’s broken. Clean and declutter, but don’t take away all the personality of the home. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint.

You’ll be amazed by how much these small changes can increase the appeal of your property.

Though potential buyers may have different preferences when it comes to a “good” property, there are some changes you can make to increase your chances of a swift sale. If you have some time before putting your house on the market, why not use it to increase your chances?

  • Buyers look for low-maintenance properties. Ensure the roof is in good condition, let them know the boiler has been recently installed, or get a damp specialist in to fix any issues. The better the condition of the property is, the quicker you can sell it for a price that works for you.
  • Airy and light spaces are usually more desirable. You don’t necessarily have to open up the kitchen and living room to achieve this. Cleaning the windows, inside and out, can make a big difference and instantly brighten up any space. replace the lightbulbs and make sure you put a bright lamp in that dark corner. If it’s daylight, then open all the blinds before the viewers arrive. 
  • Kerb Appeal: this means how the house seems when passing it from the street, or on first viewing from the outside. Kerb appeal includes the roof, windows, front garden and other exterior qualities. 

Is it time to reduce the asking price?

The most effective way to expedite the sale of your property is to lower the asking price. You could do this by accepting an offer that is lower than your expectations.

Your estate agent can give you advice on the appropriate amount to adjust the price, but usually, it is best to reduce it by at least 3%. This will cause your property to be featured more prominently on sites such as Zoopla as if it were a new listing.

A slight reduction in the price may encourage some people to take another look at your property, but it is not likely to be enough to alter their decision.

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