We advise asking three local estate agents to value your property. Agents won’t charge for this. Once you have all three quotes, check recent sold house prices and current property valuations on Zoopla.co.uk or rightmove.co.uk to get a feel for the market in your area and find out what sold on your street recently, all for free.
Using this kind of additional info coupled with estate agent valuations will help you make an informed decision on the best and realistic asking price for your property.
Questions for the agent:
- What similar properties have you recently sold in this area?
- How close to the asking price did the local properties sell?
- What is the average time between listing and sale?
- What would be your marketing strategy for selling my home?
- How will proactively attract potential buyers to my home?
- Do you advertise on Rightmove and zoopla?
Prepare the house:
You want to make your house stand out for all the right reasons – both for the initial agent valuation and ultimately prospective buyers! Spend a weekend de-cluttering, remove piles of washing, stacks of books and any kid’s toys! Maybe a lick of paint too or perhaps a carpet clean. Don’t forget the outside as well – mow the lawn, do that weeding and move any obstacles there maybe – wheel barrows, lawnmowers and so on!
Make it easier to sell:
If you’re serious about selling, then make it easy for your agent. Make sure they have a set of keys and that you allow them to carry out viewings at short notice. We also recommend vacating the house and letting the agent do their job without you following the prospective buyer into each room. Remember, it just takes one buyer to sell your property, so try not to postpone a viewing as the buyer may question your intention and motivation to sell.