How To Sell Your House Without An Estate Agent

More and more people each year are deciding to sell their home without an estate agent. If executed correctly, a self-sale can dramatically reduce your costs and it will let you keep more of the equity currently in your home.

However, it’s not as easy as it seems. And while no homeowner enjoys paying for the services of an estate agent – they do provide a valuable service. The potential consequences of making a mistake or an oversight when you sell your home without an estate agent can be severe.

We wouldn’t like to provide advice on the legalities and paperwork involved (as it’s far more complex than we could hope to teach in a post like this). But here are a few things that you should take into account from a selling and marketing perspective.

Spring Cleaning

One of the simplest things you should be doing when selling your home without an estate agent is also one of the most effective. By giving your house a deep clean you will dramatically increase its selling power.

Spend a weekend going over the home from top to bottom cleaning and wiping down every surface you can find. Hire a professional carpet cleaner to suck the odour and dirt out of carpets to leave them looking as good as new.

Light Renovations

While you’re doing your spring cleaning in the tip above, make notes of any little bits of damage you may find around your home. Things like curtains, door knobs, skirting boards, and lamp shades can be replaced relatively cheaply and will make a world of difference to your home’s overall appearance.

The most common, and most effective piece of advice in this section is to give the walls a lick of paint. You should ideally paint every wall in your home with a fresh coat (unless they’ve been painted very recently). Pick neutral colours that are going to be acceptable to most people, regardless of their tastes.

Valuation

This is something that is normally done for you, but when you sell your home without an estate agent, you’ll have to arrange it yourself. Once the cleaning and renovation have been completed you should get one or two independent valuations done on your property. Find a RICS accredited surveyor to ensure you get an accurate and impartial evaluation.

Marketing

Marketing your home has never been easier. The days of people walking along the high street looking in estate agent’s windows are long gone, it’s all done online these days. There are countless websites where you can list your home for sale and instantly have access to thousands of potential buyers with a few clicks. It’s one of the main reasons people are selling their homes without estate agents.

Tip: Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of your home before listing it on these sites. It’ll probably cost you less than £100 but it will make your house look far more attractive to prospective buyers.

Other Options

If you’re unable to sell your home via one of the online sites we mentioned above, then there are several other options you have available. Auction houses were once the most common choice for properties that were not selling through traditional routes. However, the process can be confusing, and expensive – especially if you have little experience with them.

Home buying services are another option. They generally pay much less than the market rate for your property (but it’s often similar to what an auction house would pay). They also usually take care of all the legal work for you, which means you don’t need to pay the various associated fees.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a quick guide to the kind of things you’re going to need to look into if you’re planning on selling your house without an estate agent. This is far from a comprehensive list, but it’s a good introduction. We recommend you do a lot more research before committing to selling property without an estate agent.

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