With this in mind, we feel that it is our duty to stop conducting face to face appointments such as office appointments, viewings, valuations and inspections. During the period where our office is closed, you still can contact us in the normal channels of email, phone and through our website as we will be working just as hard from home to survive this and continue to offer you a great service.
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"how much is my house worth?"
"how is my home going to sell in the current market / climate?"
"my house is not selling / renting with my current agent"
or if you want to view a property,
We never need to meet - you can call us, email us or contact us through our website in the first instance to discuss booking a valuation, just the same as you would under normal circumstances
Details - we will ask you about your property to get as much information as possible, so that when we carry out our virtual appointment, we can give you tailored/bespoke advice. We will also ask you to confirm a date and time to carry out the virtual appointment, giving you advice on how to show your home in the best possible light
Preferred method of appointment - choose your preferred method for a virtual valuation, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook or FaceTime
Virtual appointment - we will then contact you via your preferred method and run through a marketing plan with you, talking about how we work under these circumstances. We will talk you through a marketing plan, how do do virtual viewings, what happens if a virtual viewer likes your home
Decision - The virtual valuation will end as we ask you if you wish to proceed. We will give you instructions on what to do to instruct us to market your home for sale or for rent
We will try to make the decision making process that you will be facing as informative and as stress free as possible
Contact - once you have determined which property you would like to view further, then please get in touch via phone, email or contact us through our website in the first instance so that we can arrange a virtual appointment with the sellers / landlords
Details - we will still take all of your details just as we would on a physical viewing
Preferred method of appointment - choose your preferred method for a virtual viewing; Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook or FaceTime, so that once an arrangement has been made with the sellers / landlords, we can contact you back
Virtual appointment - we will then contact ou via your preferred method and walk you though the property
Decision - once the viewing has taken place, we will contact you again via your preferred method to gain feedback to pass onto the owners. We will then discuss future options with you
Create property alerts (via website or app) to be able to find your ideal home as soon as it comes onto the market
Book viewings online
Make offers online
Keep in touch via email
Track your favourite properties / viewings or offers via client areas
Curb appeal – what does your house look like from the outside? This is the first thing that the potential buyer will see, so it needs to be attractive and appealing, making the potential buyer want to see the inside
Foot through the door – what is the first impression of the inside of your home like? If you are going to do anything to your home to improve its saleability, then here is the best place to start! Potential buyers will know if they are interested in your home as soon as they enter. Ensure its as light, airy and welcoming as possible
Best Feature – what is the best feature of your home? Why did you buy your home? Focus on this so that potential buyers will also see it as the reason that they will buy your home
De-clutter – you only have one chance of making a first impression, so make it count!! Potential buyers will normally view a few properties before deciding to second view or make an offer. Ensure that your home is on people minds for the right reasons and not for being the house with loads of clutter
Smells good – a classic tip but a really important one; make sure that whilst your home is on the market that you have access to scented candles, filter coffee, bread to bake etc. Don’t be the seller who has to make excuses before entering a room .. “sorry this is my teenage sons room; you know what they are like”. Buyers can decide in that moment that it’s not the home for them
TOP TIP - think like a buyer – whilst preparing your home for sale, look at it from the potential viewers / buyers point of view. What are the positive points and try to make these stand out. Promote the positive! What could put them off? Could this be rectified beforehand with some D.I.Y.?
• Try to get to grips with and know as much about what you want and need to do as possible.
• How much should you market your home for? (to be able to achieve the price you need to be able to buy the house that you want.)
• Is the house that you want on the market?
• When is the best time for you to market your home?
• When is best to carry out viewings at your home?
• What will happen if you sell straight away or what about if it doesn’t sell?
• Just have an idea of all of the "What ifs"
• Once you have planned, its time to look into solving the "What ifs" and how will you deal with all that is involved.
• Speak to estate agents and get advice.
• Is the price that you want to market for a good price?
• Will it be well received by potential buyers or not, get advice.
• Which estate agent will represent your home in the best possible light for you?
• Which estate agent will suit your wants and needs the best?
Keep your feet on the ground; we often see that with all the planning in the world and all the best intentions; that it very rarely goes according to plan.
So our advice here is that choosing an estate agent that you feel comfortable with is often the most important factor as the journey with them may be a long and bumpy road
This is another consideration when is best to launch your home onto the market for you and buyers? A lot of sellers look at Spring as the weather is getting better and traditionally a great time to be on the market.
However, this could be the exact reason to choose another time, spring tends to have a lot of people coming on the market, so competition is much tougher. Other seasons therefore offer sellers less competition as less property is coming onto the market.
If you are unsure of when is best for you and your circumstances and would like some more information on when the best time could possibly be to sell your home then feel free to contact us to talk through what would work best for you.
So the next step in our opinion is to research estate agents, get valuations and find out which one would be the best for you to work with?
It's not all about the highest house price valuation and lowest selling agent fees. The process of marketing and attracting buyers is the most important aspect of any house coming onto the market, don’t forget to discuss this too
How will the agent present your home or market it? In today's market, a well presented property and description are vital to capturing potential buyers who are in a position to proceed. Presentation is also vital to getting the best price
What is the estate agents track record i.e... how many other similar properties have they sold? What prices have they achieved on the other sales? Did the other sales all actually move house?
Remember we said to have a plan? Well have a PLAN B too, as selling houses almost NEVER goes according to plan. What will you do if you are on the market for longer than anticipated? What will you do if you have loads of viewings but can not find a property to move to? What will you do if you have 0 viewings? Or worse, what will you do if you have lots of viewings and no offers or anyone wanting to buy your home?
Here are a few thoughts to get you started;
Think like a buyer – look at where your home is being advertised, would you view your home?
What processes has your agent followed to promote it to as many people as possible? Do it again try to capture peoples interest
Phone all potential viewers, even if called already and ask them why they have not booked a viewing?
Mystery shop your current agent and ask about your own house, how are they dealing with it? Mystery shop another agent to see how they deal with their properties, maybe time to change agents?
We hope that these ideas and suggestions help you whilst your looking at selling, however if you would like any more information on any of the above or indeed any help, then get in touch and we will be more than happy to help and advise. Click here to receive an email with our FREE top 6 tips to selling guide.
Want to know more about how we can help with your property journey?
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