Preparing your property for a successful sale this summer

Why sell your Birmingham property this time of the year? After last year there is a late spring in the progression of the property market!

Key facts leading to a successful property market this summer!

  • The housing market is showing the strongest summer season for sellers in a decade!
  • House sales up 10% this summer as buyers rush to beat stamp duty.
  • Brighter nights provide more potential viewing hours, and more viewings naturally means a better chance of you getting potential buyers.
  • Buyers are more likely to search for properties during warmer months as they do not want to venture out viewing properties in the rain or snow, or in icy conditions.
  • Buyers looking for family homes will often look for a property during summer to ensure they can make their move during the school holiday.
  • Interest rates are still historically low. That means that buyers can find a great deal on their mortgage today, one that may not be available later this year.

Learn from the Property Pros:

1. Choosing the right estate agent - Do not only base this on their valuation of your property, but often agents will also over value your property to win the listing. Ensure they can back up their price with evidence. While agent's fees are important, what value can they provide that will add to your final sale price? Here are a few things you can do to see if an agent is right for you.
  • Visit their website. Does it look professional, is it informative, or does it look as if no real effort has been put into it? If you can, check how much experience their individual Agents have, because the last thing you need is someone straight out of college, with no or little experience handing your biggest asset.
  • Visit their social media. Do they understand the ever-growing importance social media now has in selling properties? Are they active online? Online presence really matters.
  • Look at how they are currently presenting the properties they are selling. Not to find out how many properties they are selling, look deeper, do they have professional looking photographs, do the property descriptions look accurate? Ask yourself if this is how you would like to see your property marketed.
  • 2. Top Summer Cleaning Tips
    • Declutter: if something has not been used for a while, get rid of it! Clothing swaps, Ebay or charity shops will all help here. Look in your wardrobe: ask yourself when you last wore something and are there things you would never wear again?
    • Most carpets could do with a deep clean: it is amazing how a clean carpet will look and feel like new! Have a look at how furniture is arranged too, look at Interior Design magazines for inspiration.
    • Pet hairs can be difficult to control, washing up gloves when dry create static electricity which hairs stick to. As well as carpets and floors, give all furnishings and curtains a quick stroke before every viewing.
    • Revive bedding with a soak in bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, then rinse thoroughly to avoid any chip shop ambience. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on mattresses too, leave for 8 hours then vacuum off any excess!
    • Sparkling bathrooms sell houses, white vinegar is fantastic against limescale, it breaks down its molecular structure! Spray and leave it to do the challenging work, showerheads emersed in a plastic bag filled with vinegar will clean themselves overnight too! Wear gloves and keep the room ventilated whist doing all this.
    • Ovens simply need a small amount of bicarbonate of soda in water in a spray bottle. Spray, leave overnight and wipe clean, use vinegar for any stubborn bits, oh, avoid the heating elements.
    • What lurks in the fridge? Use toothpaste and a toothbrush then add two halves of a lemon, one on the top shelf one on the bottom to finish off the job!
    • A microwave will clean itself: put a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar in a glass or plastic measuring jug and heat for 10 minutes until it fills with steam, leave to cool, then wipe clean!

    3. Professional photography: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Professional photography can transform a property and let everything be seen in its best light, thus adding to their desire to progress to an actual viewing in person.
    4. Great images can only do so much - What really helps clinch the deal are the descriptions of what it is like to live in your property, making them feel they are already there.
    5. Name your price! A good agent should provide at least three options for pricing your property and explain the pros and cons of each, whether to: list as high as possible, at market value or to create an auction frenzy by listing below the competition.

    So, if you are thinking about selling your Birmingham property this summer, or even if your property has been on the market for a little longer than you would like, we would love to get you moving. Just call us on 0121 828 1777 or drop us an email at support@viewings.properties to arrange a free, no obligation, discovery meeting.

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