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5 Tips to Sell Your House FAST!


1. The best time to sell 
2. Fees to be aware of 
3. Preparing your house
4. Viewing hacks
5. The perfect buyer 


Introduction


Selling your house can often seem an overwhelming prospect - let alone selling it quickly. But with the correct approach and preparation, you will be in a good position to do so. Pat’s ultimate guide shows you how.


1. The best time to sell 


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Before you put up a ‘For sale’ sign outside your front door, spend some time researching the housing market. After all, you will boost your chances of selling your property quickly if you put it on the market when buyer demand is high. Buyers competing for properties will help encourage best offers. Think about seasonal demand to ensure you have every opportunity to sell your home fast.

Spring is traditionally a good time to sell. The market tends to be busy with potential buyers. Better weather, light and possible sunshine will help boost the appeal of your home. Your garden will be in spring bloom. Families often try to buy a home to coincide with the end of the academic year.

Summer holidays can stall transactions with family buyers. Try to get your home on the market as early as possible if putting it on the market in the Summer.

Autumn is traditionally a good time to sell. The weather is still good and there are no major holidays. Buyers and sellers don't want to be transacting over Christmas so try to get your home on the market as early as possible

Winter is considered to be a tougher time to sell. Try to put your home on the market in the New Year.

Look at what is happening in your local housing market as well as at a national level. Check with your local council to see if there are any proposed or consented developments in the area. Plans, such as new transport, schools, homes can boost your chances of a quick sale and a best price. However, try to avoid selling your home during construction of these projects.

If you have to put your home on the market during a quiet period in the housing market, then you may have to lower your price in order to attract offers.

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Pat purchases property all year round and once an offer is made we can have things wrapped up in as little as 7 days regardless of what time of year it is. A ‘For Sale’ sign is not required which means your sale can be dealt with 100% discretion.


2. Fees to be aware of


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When you are selling your house through an estate agent you have to find a trusted solicitor, an estate agent, possibly a surveyor and you have to pay them all.

Selling through an estate agent can drag on for months; the average UK property sale takes nearly 4 months! All this time you are continuing to pay house bills such as mortgage payments, utility bills, council tax and maintenance.

Another thing to consider is, after a survey has been conducted on your house the buyer usually asks for further discount to compensate for uncovered defects.

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When selling your house with Pat we pay all the fees so you do not pay anything towards an estate agent or a solicitor etc. This means that the offer we make on your house is the total amount that you will actually walk away with.

We pride ourselves on honesty and integrity and a lot of our custom is through word of mouth and therefore we ensure that the service we offer to you is second to none.

3. Preparing your house


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First impressions really do count so make sure you take the time to prepare your home before allowing viewings. An estate agent will be able to photograph your property to its maximum potential, knowing how to show it off in its best light. It doesn't mean that you can avoid dressing your home before the pictures are taken and you start viewings.

It’s worth considering who your target market is. Which type of buyer do you think will be interested in your property? The trick is to make your home appeal to your target market without alienating other types of buyers. 

Disassociate yourself from your property as much as possible to view it as a potential buyer might. How would it look if you were seeing it for the very first time? Some reports suggest that clearing your home of personal items makes it easier for potential buyers to envisage themselves there.

It’s time to clear out all the clutter that has built up while you have been living at your property. Start by throwing away unwanted items, storing away ornaments, books and toys, and moving some furniture into storage to give the feeling of more space.

Hide away products in the bathrooms and kitchen. Don't let toys, large pieces of equipment and furniture block windows, doors or traffic flows. Clear up all the coats in the hallway.

Make sure your house is spotless. This means cleaning walls, carpets, sofas, windows and all surfaces. Focus particularly on cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, where grime can build up quickly. Dust, polish, remove limescale and tackle tile grout.

You may have been putting it off, but now is the time to tackle those broken parts of the house. This might include replacing broken light bulbs, repairing paint chips, giving the front door or walls a fresh lick of paint, or dealing with 

Don't start a major renovation or development. Instead, consider freshening up the interior. Make your home look light, airy and warm. You can paint parts of walls or doors that are looking jaded, hang mirrors up to give the feeling of space and strategically place extra lighting, such as a lamp, in corners. 

Don’t forget to spruce up the outside of your property, the garden and driveway too. Wash the windows, repair damaged fences, cut the grass, trim the flowerbeds and clear any pathways. Throw away dead plants and empty pots. Store away tools and other garden equipment, such as hoses.

 


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All of the above takes a lot of time, effort and money. If you sell with Pat you do not have to worry about dressing your property, decluttering, cleaning, DIY, decorating or gardening because we see past all this. We buy any home in any condition. We will make you an offer for your house 100% "as-is".

We will even deal with anything that you don't want anymore. We usual donate anything good to great charities.


4. Viewing hacks


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Make sure your estate agent lists your property on all the major property portals, such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Consider having a ‘For sale’ board up outside your property. Remember that word of mouth can be very powerful. Tell your friends, family and neighbours that your home is up for sale.

Estate agents can help with viewings and if you are paying for one to sell your property, it makes sense to take advantage of their advice and services. Estate agents are less likely to accompany a buyer who is wasting their time and they can also deal with any awkward questions.

Before a viewing, do a final sweep of the house. Tidy, clean and clear the last of the clutter. You might consider removing pets and noisy children. If you have a parking space, leave it free for the buyer. You want to make your property as welcoming as possible.

Make a fire if it’s cold or open up the windows if it’s a warm, sunny day. Clear bins and drains, air the room of any cigarette smoke and old cooking smells. Try adding fresh flowers or plants throughout the house.

Extensive viewings can be inconvenient and very time consuming and could be any time between the hours of 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 7 days a week. Quite often estate agents seem to arrange viewings with time wasters that seem to have no intention of buying your property.

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Pat can make an offer on your property within 24 hours of you contacting us and the offer can be based off photos that you send us of the property. This means you don’t need to show loads of people round your house. If our offer works for you then we will visit your property just to check there are no structural issues. This means we can purchase property with minimum hassle and maximum speed or to a timescale that suits you. 

 


5. The perfect buyer


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In order to sell your house fast it is essential to not just pick the highest offer but also to consider who the best buyer is.

First-time buyers can be good and bad. Due to inexperience, they may make a bid on your house then pull out 3 months later because they have ‘just changed their mind’. On the flipside they are good because they are not reliant on selling another house therefore they are chain-free.

If the buyer already owns a property, have they accepted an offer on their home and how big is the chain that they are in? If they haven’t already accepted an offer on their home then you could be waiting months for them to find a buyer. If they are in a chain then this is risky for you because even if the chain does complete then all it takes is for one person in the chain to pull out then the sale of your house has stalled! Chains have a habit of completing, breaking, completing, breaking etc.

Is the buyer reliant on a mortgage?  Depending on the state of the economy, mortgage companies may be tightening up the availability of their mortgage products. The last thing you want is your buyer’s mortgage being rejected 3 months into the sale thereby putting you back at square one and looking for another buyer/taking viewings again. 

All the above factors can influence how quickly a sale can be wrapped up. The best buyer is not necessarily the one offering the highest price. When conducting viewings you can ask the viewers questions so that you get to know if they are a serious buyer or not.

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We are cash buyers, we are not in a chain, we do not need a mortgage and we work with specialist property solicitors. This allows us to complete purchases in as little as 7 days.


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The process of putting a house on the market with an estate agent can be time consuming, stressful and emotionally draining - with the average UK property sale taking nearly 4 months! That is why we offer a simpler alternative.

Me and my family specialise in buying property quickly for cash. We can make an offer for your property within 24 hours and complete the purchase of your property with minimum hassle, maximum speed or to a timescale that suits you.

We buy any property in any condition and our customers put their trust in us to guide them through a quick, efficient and completely hassle-free sale of their property.

We buy properties for cash, utilising specialist property solicitors. We pay all the fees so our customers do not have to pay anything towards an estate agent or a solicitor. This means that our offer is the total amount that you will actually walk away with. We have previously completed sales in as little as 7 days.

How It Works:


1. Initial contact: Please call/text Pat for a friendly chat on his direct number 07539 425 135​
2. Free cash offer: Receive you free no-obligation offer within 48 hours
3. Receive proceeds: We have previously purchased property in as little as 7 days. We are always able to complete and buy your property on time.

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