Advice for selling your home this summer

Many property owners have waited for the right time to market their homes but with so many interruptions during 2019 and life changes in 2020, Jonny Crow, Sales Director at Hancock and Partners is seeing activity on the increase with buyers keen to have a different or new home.   Jonny’s advice is to act now and benefit from this surge of enthusiasm from first-time buyers, families upsizing and couples downsizing to retirement properties as well as people searching for holiday homes.

First impressions are everything so here are some handy hints to ease you into placing your home on the market and selling your home this summer.  

REMEMBER WHY YOU PURCHASED YOUR HOME

Often people forget what attracted them to their home in the first place. It could be because of a large garden, the study they didn’t have previously, the entertaining space or an extra bathroom.  Keep these in mind for your purchaser and enthuse over these points.

DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THOSE IMPROVEMENTS

Many of us feel we have to upgrade everything and spruce up but check first if this is financially viable. Small improvements can help but not too many changes as most buyers will be purchasing a home for location and size; condition is far less of a priority.  It is difficult when you have lived in a home for many years as it is a natural instinct to upgrade and paint but everyone’s taste if different and you may not need to run to this expense. 

THE OBVIOUS

De-clutter as much as possible as the house will suddenly look bigger and keep the garden looking its best. Light is always important so remove any objects obscuring windows and pull back curtains. Flowers and coffee smells are always very welcoming.

CONFIDENCE IN PRICING

Don’t get carried away as sensible pricing is the best formula to attract all the right buyers. Today’s buyers are well informed about price levels and do their homework. If you overprice buyers won’t look and you miss the opportunity of that important offer.

BE ORGANISED

Arrange to be ready for your buyer with a solicitor lined up and any legal documents at hand. Legislation has changed in recent years and it’s slightly more complicated now. You may not recall where your title deeds are or remember the details of any planning or access issues you may have experienced. When that offer comes in, don’t give any opportunity for a buyer to delay, as all this can easily be done prior to your marketing.

ADVICE ON SELLING YOUR HOME

Jonny Crow has been selling property in West Sussex with Hancock and Partners for almost 10 years and has received many positive reviews for his friendly, professional approach. If you are thinking of taking advantage of the current surge in buyer demand, please call Jonny on 01243 531155 or email sales@hancockpartners.co.uk for expert advice on selling your home.