I want to sell my house – What do I need to know?

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thinking about selling your home? In today’s quick moving market, what do you need to consider?

How much is your home likely to sell for? Although an estate agent will give you a valuation for your home, it’s always best to do some research yourself so you know what to expect. Free estimates on portals like Zoopla, or having a look at what houses in your local area sell for, are good starting points. Then make sure to contact a few agents, to make sure you have a range of opinions on how to sell your house, and its value.

How will you sell your home? When looking for an estate agent, consider what properties they sell, if they have sold any like yours recently, and take a look at their websites to find out a bit more about them. Testimonials and Facebook reviews can be a good way of getting other people’s opinions. Then you need to consider their fees, and their selling process. Good questions to consider are:

  • Would you like to have a presence on popular websites like Rightmove?
  • Do you need a board outside your house?
  • Do they use social media or other forms of advertising?
  • What are their fees?
  • How will you conduct viewings?
  • Would an ‘Open House’ day suit your property?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are now required by law. All homes for sale must have an EPC, which will help assess how energy efficient a property is. Your estate agent will be able to help you arrange an EPC quickly, and these last for ten years.

Get your house ready. Spend some time de-cluttering your house and do a good clean, inside and out. This helps potential buyers, and your agent, make better decisions about your home. Conceal any piles of washing, magazines or children’s toys and make sure surfaces are relatively clear. This helps your rooms feel bigger and allows people to make their own judgements about the house on their own terms. It’s a cliché, but fresh flowers, light and some nice fragrance really do work wonders!

Thinking about selling your house in the Reading, Langley or Wokingham area? Contact the Flatman Partnership to find out more about how we work and the homes we’ve sold in your area. You can also find out more on our website.