back Posted on 27 July 2023
Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home
Making the choice to sell your home can be a daunting one, but the process doesn’t have to be a hassle!

Ross McKnight, Senior Valuer at John Minnis Belfast, outlines his top 10 tips and insights to help make your home stand out and sell.

1. Set the right price: Determining the right price for your home is essential. If the price is too high you risk deterring potential buyers, but if it’s too low you risk financial losses – this is why we take market analysis and local pricing seriously, ensuring you get the fairest (and most realistic) price.

2. Enhance curb appeal: First impressions are everything! Make sure that prospective buyers are attracted to your home by tidying up the exterior – this could mean mowing the lawn, adding some bright plants or giving the front door a fresh lick of paint.

3. Declutter: Possessions add character but try to avoid too much clutter as this can make it difficult for buyers to visualize themselves living in the property. Decluttering and organising each room can go a long way towards creating a clean and spacious environment that allows buyers to envision their own style within the space.  

4. Make those home improvements: Got some DIY projects you’re avoiding? From chipped paint to cracked tiles, what may seem like minor issues can have a detrimental impact on how buyers perceive your property’s condition. Avoid these concerns by making sure to address any home improvement tasks prior to listing your home for sale.

5. Highlight standout features: Every home has unique features that truly set it apart. Identify these standout qualities and make sure they are highlighted during viewings and in your property marketing
materials. Whether it's a stunning view, a refurbished kitchen, or impressive outdoor spaces, emphasising these features can attract the right buyer.

6. Comfort is key: Creating a cosy and welcoming atmosphere for viewings and make prospective buyers feel at home. Invite the light in by opening all blinds and curtains, consider turning the heating on, or add some bright and eye-catching flowers – there are a number of small touches that can make a big difference.

7. Be flexible!: To maximise your chances of selling, it pays to be accommodating when it comes to viewings. Offering flexible viewing times – including weekends and evenings - can ensure that as many interested parties as possible have the opportunity to see your home.

8. Get your paperwork in order: Having your paperwork sorted out early in the selling process including title register and plan documents, proof of ownership and energy performance certificate (EPC) will help things move along more quickly and reduce the potential for any legal mishaps or hold-ups.

9. Communication is key: Planning a holiday? Making any major design changes? Let the right people know! Maintaining frequent communication with your estate agent, conveyancer, and the buyer ensures that everyone is on the same page throughout the selling process and any concerns or issues are addressed quickly.

10. Choose the right agent: When it comes to selling property, your estate agent should be there to make your life easier. It’s important to look for an agent with experience, in-depth local knowledge and a confident sales approach. As an exclusive member of The Guild of Property Professionals for Bangor, Comber, Donaghadee, East Belfast, and Holywood, the John Minnis team is on hand to help you sell your home.

To speak to our expert team about selling your home, or to book a free, no-obligation valuation, contact us today. 
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