Becoming a first-time seller

So, you've been through the process of being a first-time buyer and now it's time to move on.

So, you’ve been through the process of being a first-time buyer and now it’s time to move on. Circumstances change and whether for property size or location, relocation can be necessary for progression. Before you become a first-time seller, you need to make sure that you are prepared because just like being a first-time buyer, selling can be daunting. We’ve put together this simple 3 step guide to selling your first property to help the process of taking the next step on the property ladder as smooth as possible.

The Agent

Finding the right agent for the job is really important, not only do you want them to be reputable and recognisable you also want them to do as they have promised, market your property well and of course, find you a suitable buyer.  Your agent is there to reassure you throughout, if they can’t answer questions and make you unsure of your decision, do you really want to be selling with them? Selling your house is as much about the people than anything else, a good agent will make you feel at ease and will take as much stress out of the situation as possible.

Your Home

Wear and tear is simply a part of being a homeowner, whether it is kids running in to walls or pets pulling the carpet, it’s a simple fact that your home isn’t going to stay new forever. Think back to when you were a first-time buyer, you were probably looking for a house that’s low maintenance and isn’t going to need much work doing when you first moved in – that’s exactly what appeals to the majority of buyers. Doing some DIY and making sure your home is presentable, neat and tidy is imperative. Sometimes it can be the simplest of tasks like a lick of paint or re-carpeting the entrance hall that can make the world of difference, both for house price and for finding a buyer quicker.

Viewings

A viewing could be arranged at any time so it’s important to ensure both you and your property are ready. Let some light in to the rooms, open the curtains and make sure it looks bright and welcoming to the people coming to view. Small touches can create a really homely environment like some fresh flowers on a table and a pleasant smelling air freshener. If you’re not able to make a viewing or don’t feel like you want to give a viewing, talk to your agent who would be happy to do it on your behalf. If you are present for the viewing then be prepared to answer their questions.

A good agent will be happy to walk you through the process of being a first-time seller, it can be daunting but with the help of someone in the know some of the stress will be taken away.

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