Selling your home is one of the most stressful times in your life, plus it can cost a substantial
amount of money. Here are a few ways you can avoid spending more than you have to.
Getting the selling price right is a key point. You could get three valuations that could vary
tremendously but don’t automatically opt for the highest price. Look on the internet and see
what similar properties in your area have recently sold for. If you test the market, you could
end up losing out if property prices fall. And the longer a property is on the market, the more
inclined potentials buyers may be to think it’s overpriced or has issues.
Selling the Property
It’s possible to save thousands by choosing the right way to sell your home. Going
completely DIY is a bit daunting, as you have contracts and negotiations to deal with, but
there are ‘half way’ alternatives, such as on-line estate agents. Sites such as
housenetwork.co.uk offer virtually all the same services as your local estate agent but at a
fraction of the cost. They usually offer packages for a one-off payment, which include
photography, valuation, negotiations, etc. You might have to show people round yourself but
then you know more about your house than an agent would anyway. An online agent will list
your home on all the major property selling websites too. You’ll still need a solicitor but most
online agents will have conveyancers that you could use.
Get the Jobs Done
While tedious and may involve an initial outlay, getting those essential repair/renovation jobs
done should more than recoup what you’d paid. Painting the walls a neutral shade, cleaning
carpets, repairing tiles, tidying the garden, and even putting in a new bathroom suite can get
an earlier sale, for a better price. Buyers will use anything they can to justify a low bid. A
little ground work before putting the property on the market is always wise.
A good removal firm will pack everything and take it to your new home, but this will be at
considerable cost. You could save by doing it yourself, particularly if you’re not moving far,
so could make several trips with a self-drive van. Make sure you have insurance to cover
breakages if you move yourself. Anything you don’t want at the next property can be sold,
Freecycled or given to charity, which means you’ll have less to transport.
No one can guarantee a stress-free move, however it is possible to save a significant amount
of money by considering the above options.