Top 5 Mistakes Made When Selling Your Home
1. Using a traditional High Street agent:
Using an online agent instead of a traditional one will save you a small fortune in fees. A typical High Street agent’s fee is around 1.5 per cent plus VAT — but can be as high as 3.5 per cent. That means on a home worth £450,000 a traditional estate agency can charge up to £15,750. At Edward Giles our fees are transparent and start at £495 with nothing more to pay.
2. Setting the price too high:
Many traditional High Street agents over-value a house to impress the sellers but in the end the house will sell at the market value and you may ultimately put off prospective buyers by over pricing.
Adding a new kitchen or bathroom to spruce up a house that you are planning to sell is a waste of time and money because many buyers will be looking to find the potential in a house for their own redecorations.
4. Forgetting to declutter:
Buyers need to imagine themselves in your home and this is much easier to do if the house is neat and tidy and depersonalized. Make sure surfaces are clean and clear, for example, by putting the kettle and toaster away during viewings.
5. Forgetting about kerb appeal:
First impressions are formed within seconds, and the entrance to your home can be make-or-break when it comes to selling. Ensure you spend some time tidying up the front of the house and removing any unsightly rubbish… a bit of weeding can go a long way!