Estate Agent, Property, London, Viewings, Brixton, Declutter, Portals, Asking Price

Roy Brooks provides a number of top tips for the oft-ignored first-time sellers.

There is a wealth of information out there for first-time buyers, but nowhere near the same level for first-time sellers. To put that right, we’ve come up with a handy list for people who are going through the sales process for the first time.

Flexibility is key

Being flexible when it comes to viewings will put you in the good books of prospective buyers. More than likely, if they’re looking to buy in London, they will have very hectic schedules and will only have small pockets of time to view your property. Accommodating them as much as possible will improve your chances of someone putting an offer in.

If their demands are unreasonable or excessive, then you’re under no obligation to take heed of them. But, where possible, do your best to facilitate potential viewers.

Pick the right estate agent

A good one will make the whole process easy for you. A bad one will do the total opposite. In this regard, taking time to research and pick the right agent is one of the most vital steps when it comes to successfully selling your home.

A good agent will have an excellent knowledge of the local area and wider national trends. As a result, they will able to market your property effectively and price it correctly. They will also be able to handle all facets of the sale in a timely and professional manner.

Make your asking price competitive

You want to get the best possible price for your property, that’s only natural. However, if you set your asking price too high. you run the risk of putting prospective buyers off. Similarly, if you value your home too low, you end up not getting a fair and reasonable price for it. Once again, this is where a good agent will thrive, using all their expertise and experience to price your property appropriately.

Get online

Quite possibly, as a first-time seller, you’ll be upgrading from a starter home to a larger property. You might be moving from your first home in Nunhead, Peckham or Catford to a bigger one in outer London or further afield. Your target market for selling is likely to be first-time buyers/young professionals in their twenties and thirties, who are likely to be searching for property through their smartphones and tablets.

With this in mind, you’ll need to make sure your house has excellent online visibility in order to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. The major portals draw an incredible amount of traffic and are the best way of getting your property to reach the widest possible audience.

Shelve the clutter

If you live in trendy areas like Brixton, East Dulwich and Blackheath, you might have a house that is full of quirky knick knacks and off the wall décor. While this will appeal to some, it won’t appeal to all. Buyers want to imagine themselves in their new home; this is much less likely if there is clutter everywhere. Have a good declutter and make sure to shine a light on your property’s best attributes.

If you would like more advice about selling across south London, please contact Roy Brooks on: 020 8299 3021. We also provide a free instant online valuation tool to give you an idea of how much your property is worth in the current market.