For most people, selling your home is a balance of getting the right price without waiting too long. But for others, it may be all about the quick sale. If you want to sell your home fast, there are ways you can try to move the process along.
How do you sell fast? There’s one simple answer for a quick sale — price it competitively. If you lower your house price, there’s a better chance of a buyer snapping it up. Take a look at what homes are selling for in your area and pitch it slightly lower to see if you can gain any interest.
But lowering the price can be a heartbreak — and you may be counting on that money for your next move. There are a few ways that you can be proactive and try to move the selling process along, without taking a hit on price. There are no guarantees, of course — you’ll be waiting until the right offer comes along, but there is plenty you can do to help put yourself in the best possible position.
So if you’re looking for a quick sale but you don’t want to miss out on price, here are nine things you can do to make things move more quickly.
1. Stage your home
‘Staging’ is industry jargon, but it basically means decluttering and rearranging to show your home at its best. Think about what your target buyers will be looking for. If you have a three-bedroom house, they're likely to be a family, or a couple planning to start one. Make sure you have a bed in every bedroom (don't leave one as an office) to show off the space. Buyers tend to focus on the living room — so spend a little extra time there.
You may want to hire a storage locker for your things, so you can make sure that your home looks as tidy and spacious as possible.
2. Know what you need to list
To sell your home, you’ll need a great listing — and it can help to splash out on photography. Property listings that feature professional photographs sell 50% faster than listings without them and 39% closer to the asking price, so it’s well worth spending some time and effort to get them right.
You also need an energy performance certificate (EPC) before you can sell your house. While the evaluation itself typically takes less than an hour, it's a good idea to have the certificate before putting your home on the market to help move things along.
3. List your house in spring
Spring tends to be the best time to sell your house, as this is when the property market is at its most competitive. If you want to move your house quickly, you’ll need to get it in front of as many buyers as possible — so listing in spring can help.
4. Advertise on as many websites as possible
Speaking of getting your home in front of buyers — 97% of house hunters now start their property search online. Many of them start this search by using online portals, such as Rightmove and Zoopla, so you’ll want your home to be listed there.
5. Find the right estate agent
The key to good marketing can be the right estate agent. They should list on hundreds of the UK's most popular property websites – including Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation – meaning that your listing is circulated among literally millions of buyers.
And it's not just about listing in the right places. Selling your house through an online estate gives you access to a massive network of buyers, but you can also benefit from specialist skills that have been learned from years of experience. You also want to find someone you can trust and feel good about working with, so it's good to meet a few different people and see who fits.
6. Set a realistic asking price
Price is key to a quick sale. You’ll want to price your home competitively, but not so low that you feel like you’re losing out. Properties with unrealistic prices tend to sit on the market — especially if there are more reasonably-priced options in the same neighbourhood.
Not sure where to start? You can book a free house valuation with Strike.
7. Arrange viewings early and look for the right buyer
The listing is done — now, it’s time to make space in your calendar for showing people around your tidy and uncluttered home. And find the perfect buyer.
The dreaded property ‘chain’ is the biggest obstacle to selling houses fast. This is where the sale of one house depends on the sale of another, and then subsequently upon a chain of linked house sales. Make sure your property appeals to first-time buyers, second-home buyers, or anyone looking to buy-to-let — and, of course, it’s always great to find those lucky people who are paying cash.
8. Start conveyancing as soon as possible
To speed up the sale of your house, you should involve a licensed conveyancer – or a solicitor – as early as possible to handle the legalities around your house sale. A conveyancer will draft up a contract and apply for title deeds. You can hire a conveyancer or solicitor before a buyer has been found, so they can address any title problems beforehand and speed up the sale once the right buyer comes along.
9. Accept the best offer on the table
If your priority is a quick house sale, you should keep a minimum price in the back of your mind — and be prepared to accept less than the asking price. Some buyers find it tempting to lower the asking price if the buyer prepared to pay in cash. Given that around a third of house sales collapse at some point in the transaction process, a cash offer can be very tempting, even if it’s not quite what you were hoping for.
Ultimately, you'll have to look at what the buyers are offering and find the best fit for you. Think about what your priorities are and what you'd like to get out of this move — then pick the buyer who can make it happen.
Selling is always a balance between speed and price, but if speed is your priority then planning ahead can make it happen. When in doubt, always ask your estate agent what you can do to move the process along.