Top tips when selling a house in Bolton
Our top tips when selling your home
Whether you are a first timer or a veteran with several house moves behind you, it always pays to have a checklist for the key items you will need to concentrate on in order to make selling your house as stress free as possible. The team here at Edwards has put together some top tips based on our decades of experience.
1) Choose the right estate agent
While you might think that all estate agents are pretty much the same you should take the time to get to know which one would work the hardest to achieve a sale for you. Personality and enthusiasm, high street, online and print presence and the quality of marketing material needs to be checked thoroughly and at Edwards we also recommend the following:
- Have valuations from two or three agents before you decide.
- Do not sign any contracts with binding tie in periods.
- Ask for evidence around their ability to achieve the best asking price in the shortest time.
2) Take the time and effort to stage your home
- Make sure your garden is clean and tidy – it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees – and take care of any external repairs too.
- Consider a fresh coat of neutral- coloured paint – especially if your rooms are a little loud right now.
- Do all of those niggling little jobs inside – sort out anything that might put a buyer off.
- The kitchen is the most valuable room in your home and can be the deal maker or breaker for some buyers – now might be the right time for an uplift or a facelift?
- Make it look pretty – nicely dressed windows, houseplants and flowers and a lovely bowl of fruit in the kitchen all add to the ‘kerb appeal’.
- Declutter but don’t depersonalise – remember you are selling a home.
- And finally, make sure your house is scrupulously clean and free of smells (even this morning’s cooking) as this can be seriously off putting for potential buyers.
3) Accompanied viewings are a must
Use the skills and experience of your estate agent to highlight the features of your property with accompanied viewings. Much more than just following a potential buyer around your home, they should take the time to get to know the property and of course have detailed knowledge of the area which allows them to answer any questions raised and really sell the potential. Edwards always recommend you book a walk through with our viewings manager to help him prepare to present your home. Finally, accompanied viewings really do take the pressure off you, the client, during this critical stage in the sales cycle.
4) Understanding your potential buyers
Always ensure that your estate agent offers a full review of potential buyers when offers are submitted. What is their current situation – cash buyer or chain? Do they have a mortgage in principle? Why are they moving? Answers here can help you quickly sort out the wheat from the chaff and make a more informed decision when accepting an offer.
"Nothing was ever too much trouble"
Thank you so much for all your help and advice during the last few months. Your company made us feel cared about and as if we were the only clients you had. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we really appreciate it. It is as though we are leaving friends. Thank you again!
"Extremely professional and friendly service"
From my first call to arrange a viewing to collecting my keys, I received a first class, extremely professional and friendly service from the team at Edwards. They were very accommodating with viewing times, the negotiations were dealt with professionally and I was updated with progress without feeling pressurised. Even after I moved in Edwards remained very helpful. My whole experience of purchasing my new home was stress free. I will be recommending Edwards to friends and family. Thank you - I love my new home!
"We wanted accurate valuation advice"
From start to finish we were very impressed with the level of service we received from the team. We chose Edwards as we wanted accurate valuation advice from an agent with local knowledge. We got this from Alex and then excellent ongoing support right up to completion from the rest of the team.
"Took them four days to find a buyer!"
Excellent, professional and polite staff. Bent over backwards to sell our home. Took them four days to find a buyer! Made the selling of our first home quick, easy and stress free. I couldn't recommend them highly enough!
"Outstanding - the utmost courtesy and professionalism!"
Our experience with the Edwards team in Heaton, Bolton was outstanding. We were supported throughout with the utmost courtesy and professionalism. They were sensitive to all our needs, international and personal. All hurdles were dealt with promptly. Excellent job!
"Sound advice and excellent communication"
I was absolutely delighted to receive a superb, professional service from Edwards. Sound advice and excellent communication made me confident that the marketing and sale of my property was in very good hands. Many thanks to Deidre Golding and her team for bringing that about successfully. I would not hesitate to recommend Edwards to any potential sellers!
"So much easier than we expected"
This was our first purchase and Edwards were very helpful in explaining anything we were unsure about and made the whole process so much easier than we expected. We were kept well informed at every stage of the purchase by Edwards, even when our own solicitor was difficult to get hold of!
"I have no hesitation in recommending Edwards"
All the staff were very helpful and eased what could have been a difficult sale. They were all very professional and I have no hesitation in recommending Edwards to other sellers!
"Several buyers for it within a few days"
Because of the great service we received when buying through them, I didn't hesitate to entrust the sale of my late mother's property to them. Communication was great throughout and they had several buyers for it within a few days. They were able to secure a good price and the whole process was seamless!
"Sold our house very quickly"
Very happy with every aspect of Edwards' services. Helpful, efficient and sold our house very quickly, making the house selling process a lot less stressful!
"The difference in service levels was amazing"
An excellent service from start to finish. Everyone we dealt with was very professional and wanted to do a good job for us. We had been with another Bolton agent and the difference in service levels was amazing!