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Five Easy Steps to Streamline Selling Your London Home

In this three-minute read, we outline five ways to streamline
the home-selling process.

Selling
a home can be stressful, but by following a few easy rules at the start of the
process, vendors can save themselves time, money, and heartache.

A
little bit of pre-sale prep will help you avoid the two most common
home-selling horror themes.

Scenario one:
The process is painfully slow and drags on for months (or sometimes years)
leaving the vendors living in limbo and tearing their hair out because they
can’t seal a deal.

Scenario twoThe vendor falls in love with another property but can’t shift
their own quickly enough to keep the chain moving. As a result, they lose their
dream home – and blow thousands of pounds in surveys and legal fees along the
way.

Here
is a five-step plan to help you prepare for putting your home on the market.

1 Manage your expectations

It’s
human nature to place a high value on something to which we have a strong
emotional attachment. But you need to step into the shoes of a potential buyer.
They will view several properties in London as
part of their search. How will yours stack up? Be realistic with your asking
price; over-valuing a home is a sure-fire recipe for a drawn-out sale. We have
detailed market data and can provide expert advice.

2 Research agents and don’t be led by price

You
get what you pay for. Someone who promises you the earth for next to nothing is
most likely stringing you along. If they suggest a ridiculously OTT asking
price, ask yourself why? Do they possess magical selling powers? (Hint: the
answer is no). Or do they want to lure you in with a big promise, tie you into
a long contract, and then drop the asking price like a hot potato?

3 Phone a friend

Ask
a straight-talking buddy for a brutally honest appraisal of your home. Don’t be
offended if you don’t like what you hear. If they tell you the front room
stinks of cat, it probably does – so do something about it. If they confess
that the life-sized portrait of Grandma on the wall creeps them out, take it
down. Dress your home to appeal to a range of buyers, not your personal taste.

4 Declutter

Following
on from the previous point, review the furniture and décor in each room and
decide what needs to go (if you want to keep it, put it into storage). Remove
personal photos and objects, and bulky furniture which can make a room look
smaller.

5 General repairs and maintenance

Sort
out minor DIY issues such as broken door handles or mould in the bathrooms and
give tired rooms a fresh lick of paint. Trim shrubs and smarten up the garden.
Don’t bother with costly renovations that won’t add value.

BONUS TIP

Many
people search for their next home before they put their own on the market and
wind up facing Scenario Two (as discussed above). When you find your dream
home, you need to move immediately and know exactly how much you can offer. We
recommend you put your home on the market first, so you’re pumped and primed to
make your next move.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, talk to us at Holland Properties.
We can help make your next move happen.

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