Selling your house in these difficult times is not only dependent on economic conditions but also on how the individual seller goes about it as well.
Below are a few tips to help you sell your house quicker:
• Make your house look good:
Initial first impressions are helped when a property looks clean and tidy. Internally, everything should be nicely arranged. The walls should be nicely painted. Where there are any damp issues, these should all be properly treated with damp proofing and then re painted. Do not freshly paint over any damp issues since any prospective buyer with a discerning eye will spot this and feel that you are being deceptive.
A tidy exterior with a well maintained landscape is also important to give the right first impression.
Care however must be taken on how much is spent on making a property look good. For example putting in a new kitchen costing 100,000 GHC may not necessarily make the property sell for 100,000 GHC more. Some things are best left for the new buyer to change to their tastes and preferences.
• Make the house available for viewing:
Do you really want to sell the house? Then make the property available for viewings. Remember that the prospective buyer has other properties to view as well. Where they are finding it difficult to gain access for viewings, they may wander off to view other properties.
Where an agent is being used, make them aware that you are available to show clients at all normal times. With care takers is where the problem normally arises. Care takers and house helps normally responsible for showing the property to clients normally wander off and are difficult to contact. Where they live in these properties alone, there could be a conflict of interest since they could be losing the roof over their heads where the property is sold.
• Get the Price right
Getting the price right is very important in achieving a quick sale. If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate. Where it is too low there will be obvious unnecessary losses.
The use of an experienced agent with good local knowledge will help determine the right price for the property.
• Issue with Pets:
It is always advisable to create a nice conducive environment for viewers to view your property.. How many times have you not been to a viewing only to be harassed by the house owner’s dog? Snoopy may be a nice dog to you but your prospective buyer may not be a lover of pets. It is advisable to keep pets locked away during viewings.
• Don’t be over bearing
It is advisable to allow the viewers some space after initial introductions have been done. Show some discretion and allow them some space for some honest interaction between themselves.
They have been situations where a vendor on a viewing hijacks the show from the agent and ends up being over bearing and sounding overly desperate to sell the property. Telling the vendor you are selling the house to pay for your children’s education puts you at a disadvantage with regards to bargaining.
Where there is an agent, its best to let him be in charge of proceedings.
• Make sure that the property is properly and widely advertised.
Is your property being advertised on all property portals? Are the pictures the agent posted sharp and many?
Is the description of your property accurate? These are all things that have to be checked and reinforce the need to use a good agent who is professional.