How to Sell your Home Quickly in Newcastle discussed by Ashington Removals & Storage
We have put together some hints and tips on how you can Sell your Home Quickly in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Spring is coming and the warmer weather is definitely on its way with longer days and lighter evenings. Spring is the most popular time for buying houses as the weather makes your house look brighter and more inviting and it isn’t the busy summer holiday months. Late spring through to early summer tends to be the best time to sell your home and housing experts say that May is the month, specifically, the first two weeks of May when most homes in the UK are sold. So if you are thinking of selling your home then now is the right time to start to look at what you can do to make it more inviting to buyers, and the steps you can take to make it more saleable.
First of all, take some time to look around every room in your home and decide what needs to be done.
Tip number one is tidy and declutter every room and space that you can. If you have lots of belongings out on display or that can be seen then it doesn’t show the rooms full potential and a lot of people like to see more of a blank canvas, so clear, clean and inviting with a splash of colour with some soft furnishings is always good.
Start by decluttering and tidying one room at a time. Be brutal and ask yourself; if you or your family actually need it, when you last used it and what its purpose is. This will help you decide if you take it to a charity shop, the recycling centre, the tip or if you keep it. Some things you can sell and use the free selling sites or the local Facebook pages to do this.
Give each room a really good clean, move furniture to dust and hoover, wipe down doors and window ledges and clean the insides of your windows so they are smear free.
Give your kitchen and bathroom a deep clean, wipe down your kitchen cupboards inside and out. Tidy inside your cupboards and throw away any out of date items. Try not to have too many things out on your kitchen worktops as again clean and clear will make your home more saleable.
Clear out your wardrobes, taking any unwanted items to the charity shop and get your clothes into order so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for and not a mess when prospective buyers open cupboard doors.
Think about any storage solutions for your home that would make your life easier and make it look less cluttered; storage boxes/units, shoe storage, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and the list goes on.
After you have given every room a declutter, tidy and spring clean you can then look at it with fresh eyes and decide if you think it needs a lick of paint to freshen it up. You may decide at this point that you want to completely redecorate a room and then you can decide on colours and styles. Always remember neutral colours and tones with splashes of colour added with soft furnishings will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Look at your flooring and carpet and decide if it needs an intense and professional clean or if it needs to be replaced. You can sometimes get another year out of a carpet by having it cleaned professionally but it really does depend on how old the carpet is and what shape it is in. The same goes for wooden or laminate flooring. Wooden flooring can be sanded and revarnished although this is a big job so always decide if it is something you want and can do yourself or if you will get a professional in to do it for you. Damaged laminate, tiles or vinyl is more tricky to spruce up. This isn’t a must when you are preparing your home to sell as if the room is tidy and clean with fresh walls then this will divert the eye away from the flooring as it is an expensive update to take on. If you do decide there is a room which really does need a new carpet then go to your local carpet retailers and see if they have any remnant carpet stock that would fit as this is much cheaper than buying off a roll.
Check your roof space and give it a declutter and tidy as most buyers will want to have a peak.
Clean your gutters or get a professional in to do it to remove any debris, moss or leaves left from the autumn and winter. This will make your home look more presentable from outside and won’t draw focus to the roof if there is moss forming.
Check for peeling paint on your exterior walls and if you need to give it a quick touch up.
Check your garage door is in good working order and oil the pulleys and mechanics if they need it as most buyers will want to see it working. If it’s an electric garage door then wipe the sensors clean to make sure there are no cobwebs or dust build up which may affect its opening and closing which isn’t what you want to happen during a viewing.
Declutter your garage and take anything you don’t need to the recycling centre and give it a good sweep and tidy.
Clean the outside of your windows as the spring sunshine always shows up the dirt and smears from winter and wipe your outside window ledges and doors.
Give your front and back garden front a tidy, weed, sweep and jet wash any areas that need it. A few pots and spring flowers are always a winner and look inviting and homely to house viewers. Check any fences and give them a touch up of paint if any areas need it.
So now your home is ready. Call some local estate agents and book a time for them to come and value your home. We would always recommend you getting at least 3 valuations and if there is a vast difference in what they are telling you then get more. Ask them what their costs are, how long you will be tied into them, does it include them doing viewings with potential buyers on your behalf (as this is a tie if you always have to be home to do them), and what activity they will be doing and where will they be marketing your home to sell. Ask them how many properties they have sold in the area in the last 6 months and how quickly they think it will sell.
Most estate agents will tell you they have the perfect client’s waiting for your type of property so just be aware of this. Ask them to leave their T&C’s and don’t be afraid to challenge their costs and knock them down as they will expect this. When you have done all of this with your potential estate agents then visit one of the main house selling websites and look to see how much properties have sold for in your street or area in the last 12 months as this will always help you gage if what the estate agents have valued it for is about right.
Be aware that some estate agents will want to market your property for less than it is worth so they get a quick sale so always get at least 3 valuations. When you have done all of this you will then be in a position to decide which estate agent you want to go with and how much you want to market your home for. When you decide, don’t be afraid to try and knock them down again on their rates, not all estate agents will lower their percentage if they have already done it but it’s always worth a go. If the estate agent thinks your property will sell really quickly an open house selling day is always a good idea as it means you will get lots of viewers over one or two days meaning less cleaning and tidying and you will get the best price for your home. You will also be able to accept and choose the offers from buyers who are in the position to move quickly.
An alternative option is to look at are the companies that charge you up front to advertise your property and this is their fee, rather than you paying them a percentage of what it sells for. Again be really careful with these and always read through their T&C’s thoroughly.
When your house goes on the market try to keep it as clean and clutter free as you can. Give it a quick clean round before any viewings and a vase of flowers or diffuser with a lovely scent are always good. If you have a dog then try to arrange for them not to be there when the viewing is happening.
So that’s it, your tips to Sell your Home Quickly in Newcastle, start now and get ahead of the game as preparing your home is the most important part of selling to get the best price for it. When your house is sold then use a professional Removal Company that can offer you varying levels of services to suit your needs and budget.
We always suggest you select a reputable and established removal company that has a fleet of vehicles. Ask friends and family for recommendations and search online to look for businesses with good reviews. An established removal company will have a choice of services and vehicles to suit your moving requirements and budget, and you will be guaranteed that you won’t be let down on the day which can happen if you use a smaller company or man with a van which doesn’t have a backup team if an individual is ill or their van or lorry breaks down. A larger removal company will have a full team of professionals with the flexibility to manoeuvre their resources wherever they need to. Moving is stressful enough without being let down on the day by your removals company.
Professional and highly regarded removal companies will offer you a range of moving solutions which they can adapt to your personal needs.
What are your Removal Options?
Option 1: Do everything yourself
You may choose to try and do everything yourself which includes; packing in the weeks leading up to your move, dismantling furniture, packing and driving your own vehicle and belongings to your new home or property. If you decide to pick this option you need to be incredibly organised and have enough spare time in the 2 or 3 weeks leading up to your move to pack everything that you need to. If you have a car or small van to move your belongings then you will have to make lots of journeys from your old property to your new one. If you are in a ‘buying chain’ then this is not a viable option as you will need to be out of your home by a certain time and you often don’t get the keys to your new property for a few hours after this as the funds transferring in the chain usually take quite a time.
Option 2: You pack and a removal company loads and unloads your belongings
You can pack your belongings and dismantle your furniture yourself in the weeks and days leading up to your move and then use a reputable and reliable removal company to take it from there; they will load your possessions, drive them to your new home, wait outside whilst the chain concludes and you get the house keys, and then unload your boxes into your new home. Using a skilled removal company means that your personal belongings are loaded into a couple of lorries and they will be clear of your house prior to having to be. Your belongings are then stationed outside of your new property with a removal team and are therefore secure and safe until you have legal accessibility and the keys.
Option 3: A removal company comes in and packs your belongings the day before your move and loads and unloads them on your moving day
You may use a removal company to come in the day before you move and they can wrap and pack your belongings. They will come back the following day to load everything into their removal vehicles, drive to your new place, wait outside the house until you get the keys and then unload your boxes into the rooms you want them in. This option removes the stress of packing in the weeks and days leading up to your moving day and you don’t have to find the time you need to wrap and pack everything yourself. Everyone who has moved home and packed themselves always says they had far more stuff than they ever realised. A professional removal company will be able to come into your home and quickly establish how long it will take them to pack everything into boxes and how many people they will need to do it. This option means you can carry on with your daily life without boxes around you for the weeks before you move and you also have access to everything you need at any time, as you haven’t already packed it.
Option 4: A removal company comes in and packs your belongings and dismantles your furniture the day before your move and then loads and unloads on your moving day
Option 4 includes all of Option 3 as well as the removal company coming in and dismantling your furniture the day before you move whilst leaving your beds and bedding for you to use the night before. They then come in on the day of your move to dismantle the last pieces of furniture, load any outstanding items and once you get to your new property and you have the keys they will unload your boxes and put your furniture back together again, ready for you to unpack your boxes. This is the full removal service and really helps make the weeks before and the day of your move stress-free. It is the most expensive removal choice, however, if you calculate the time it takes you to pack yourself and to dismantle furniture in the 2 or 3 weeks leading up to your move and on the day, it’s the best and most reasonably priced removal service you can opt for.
About Ashington Removals
Ashington Removals is a family-owned, and run, business who specialise in home, office and commercial removals in Newcastle and the North East. We are based in Ashington and have many happy customers who return to us time and time again.
At Ashington Removals you can expect the resources and equipment to make sure your move goes smoothly and without any hitches as we have an experienced and professional team of movers. We understand there is no such thing as a “standard” house or business move and each one is different so we always adapt our products and services to suit your requirements.
We offer various removal choices and adaptability on the amount and involvement you want in your move in the weeks and days leading up to it and on your moving day. Our complete packing and moving service enable you to leave your move to us or you can pack yourself and our team will load, move and unload for you on the day. If this is the moving service you decide to go with then we can supply you with boxes and clothes storage containers a few days before your move to assist you with your packing.
Ashington Removals Free Survey Visits
To ensure Ashington Removals supply you with a competitive and exact quotation we will arrange a cost-free survey visit to talk over your removal requirements and budget. Our trained and experienced surveyor will visit your home to discuss your needs and provide an in-depth summary of the services that we can provide.
Contact Ashington Removals
If you Sell your Home Quickly in Newcastle and need a professional and reliable moving company then contact Ashington Removals & Storage on 0191 2449311 and one of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have or can arrange a removal survey for you at a time to suit you.
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