How to make your home sell faster
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1. Consider what would easily add value to your home

Does the hallway need a lick of paint? Does the guttering need replacing? If there are cosmetic improvements that need doing, sort them before getting a valuation and putting the property on the market. First impressions count and the work you have done now could add pounds to the value of your home. It doesn’t add charm, just an extra job for potential buyers!

2. First impressons can make or break a sale

Make sure the outside of your house is clean and tidy. You don't want to put off prospective buyers before they even walk through the front door. And an overgrown garden, a rusty gate and paint peeling off the window sills could do just that.

3. Go neutral

Neutral décor can really help sell your home – making space look bright and bigger. Consider painting any rooms that have bright colours or loud wallpaper to increase the appeal and help buyers consider how they’d make the blank canvas their home.

4. Do your research

What have properties in your area sold for in recent months? How does your home compare? Have an estimated value in mind before you get a valuation. Don't be tempted to put your property on at a price that's too high for the area. Be realistic, or your property could be sitting on the market for a long time. The only reason a property won't sell is because it’s priced too high. Check out what comparable properties in your area have sold for on rightmove.co.uk and get an idea of your home's value on zoopla.com and by talking to local estate agents.

5. Declutter and let the light in

If you’ve outgrown your home, consider hiring a storage unit or putting some of the clutter in the loft ahead of professional photos and viewings. Also open curtains to let the sunlight in and make the space feel bigger and lighter.

6. Sell with an online agent

Online estate agents offer an almost identical service to high street agents for a fraction of the price. HouseSimple.com charges just £495 per house sale, saving its customers £5,594 compared to high street agents who generally charge 1.8 per cent of the total house-sale value.

7. Consider hosting the viewings yourself

No one knows your home like you do so being home for the viewings or hosting them yourself works well for many sellers. It’s also an opportunity to meet the people you could be passing your home onto, which may be important you.

Thanks to Alex Gosling CEO of online estate agent, HouseSimple.com