Want to Move, but Can’t Sell Your Home? Here are Your Options

Written by Mathew McCorry

If you read my property blog now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will make you read it.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, the housing market is less fluid than normal. While some people are desperate to find a home, but can’t find one suitable, others are desperate to sell their property and simply can’t bag a buyer. With less stock going on the market and many vendors being inflexible on their asking price, the problem doesn’t look set to change any time soon. Whilst we still believe that properties should be priced appropriately, there are a few other tips that could come in handy when you need to sell your house fast.

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Highlight School Catchment Info

Now is the ideal time for parents of school children to be looking to move house. They want to be in, and settled, by the time the summer holidays are over and the new school term begins. If you’re in a decent catchment area where schools have an Ofsted-rating of “good” or “outstanding” then it’s worth mentioning this in your property ad description in order to entice motivated buyers.

Pitch Competitively

When you list your property on Rightmove it will sort properties in that area from highest to lowest price. If you pitch just below what your property is worth then it will pop it towards the top of the list, leading to more views. If several people see it and bid on it then you may end up getting at least the amount you wanted, if not more. The same can be achieved by pricing your property just below the next Stamp Duty band. More people will be interested in the property at the lower band price and this will generate competition, ultimately leading to you getting a better offer.

Offer an Incentive

Anything that will convince a buyer that they won’t need to spend a lot on the property when they move in will be a real sweetener when selling your home. Offering to include all white goods, any made-to-measure blinds or curtains and light fittings could save a buyer hundreds of pounds which they will see as a bonus. Anything that has been customised for that property will be of little use to the vendor in their onward house so might as well be included, especially if it encourages a sale.

Similarly, if you have space that could incorporate an extension at the property, it may be worth getting planning permission. This can add ‘hope value’ if buyers see the potential and want to buy into that. A lot of buyers like to think they can make their mark on a property they purchase and this enables them to do this if they have enough vision.

Add Some ‘Show Home’ Styling

De-cluttering, tidying and mending broken fixtures are all totally necessary and valid, but what about adding little touches that will enable a buyer to picture themselves living there? If you have a bit of budget to play with then why not ‘dress’ your property? Give it a show home vibe with scented candles, mirrors, accent walls and key pieces of furniture. Doing this will sell a lifestyle, as well as a property. Some buyers may want to offer higher than your asking price if you’re prepared to throw in the added extras.

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Use a Quick Cash Buyer

If you’re struggling to sell your property on the open market or you’ve just had a buyer pull out of the sale then a quick cash buyer might be an option. Maybe you have your eye on an onward property and don’t want to miss out on it or maybe you need to sell your house to pay for another investment. Whatever the reason, a quick cash buyer has money at the ready and can complete in a timescale to suit you. All legal fees will be included in the service so, although you’ll get less than the market value for your property, you’ll get a hassle-free sale and peace of mind.

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