Top tips for selling your current home


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If you’re considering selling your current home, it’s worth gathering all the advice you can to make sure the sale runs as smoothly as possible.

Here are our top tips to make the process as seamless as it can be.

Consider different ways to sell your home

There are numerous ways to sell a property including some that you might not have considered. You may wish to sell privately, taking care of everything yourself, including listing it on a property website.

Auctions are also common too. If you’re using an estate agent you should research them thoroughly as outlined in the next section.

If you’re buying a new build, the developer may be able to sell your current property for you and might offer a part exchange service.

Research estate agents thoroughly

To sell your current home, you’ll need to find a good estate agent who will market your house, arrange and conduct viewings, and guide you through the entire process.

Start by asking for recommendations from family and friends, or look online for reviews.

When the agent comes to value your property, make sure you ask lots of questions about how they will go about selling your house, and what makes their service stand out from others.

Declutter your home interior

When people start to view your home, give their imaginations a helping hand by removing as many personal pictures and decor as you can.

The more neutral your interior, the easier it will be for potential buyers to imagine living in your house with their own family.

Put unneeded belongings in storage, and paint any vibrant walls in a neutral colour.

Deep clean

Make sure your house looks and smells as good as it possibly can by doing a thorough clean, and regularly cleaning throughout the house selling process.

Get your carpets professionally cleaned, and tidy up the front of your house to impress drive-by buyers through increased kerb appeal.

Find a good conveyancer

To sell your home, you’ll need the help of a trusted and experienced conveyancing solicitor who will handle the legal aspect of the sale.

If you don’t have any personal recommendations from people you know, use online resources, compare fees and check for feedback on third party websites such as Yell.com and Facebook.

Some conveyancing companies now have online tracking abilities to keep you updated through the entire process.

Consider speaking to a mortgage adviser

If you’re not sure what type of mortgage you need, it could be worthwhile getting the help of a qualified and impartial mortgage adviser.

New Homes Mortgage Advisers (NHMA) are aware of deals from across the market and will be able to advise which type of mortgage will be best suited to your needs, whether you’re a first time buyer, self-employed, on a low income, or have a poor credit rating.