Selling up? Here’s how to get your asking price or above

When selling your home, it’s important to achieve the best possible price. Typically, buyers may try to haggle when making an offer, so you will need to make sure that you are in a strong position to achieve your asking price or above.

Using our local knowledge and market experience, here at Key Property Consultants, we present six top tips to increase your chances of securing your asking price when you come to sell your South London home.

Make the most of your agent’s expertise

It’s crucial that you pick a well-established estate agent who will have access to a high number of eager potential buyers and is good at negotiation.

The best estate agents live and breathe property sales, and are experienced in attracting buyers to a property. They are also well-versed in effective marketing and are adept at pre-empting what questions buyers are likely to ask. Therefore, it’s key that the agent you choose to sell your home is well-positioned to respond to any questions or concerns from prospective buyers.

Set the right asking price

Every property can sell, it just needs to be offered at the right price. Consider marketing it at a competitive price, as this could help to attract more buyers.

Beware, though, as pitching the asking price too high could deter potential buyers, while setting it too low can undermine the true value of your home. With the help of your agent, you can decide on a fair, realistic asking price.

Promote your property effectively

It’s worth ensuring your home is listed on the major portals through your agent. For example, here at Key Property Consultants, we list our sellers’ properties on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket – as well as our own website.

Also check that your property has a prominent spot on the window of your agent’s high street office and make sure that you have a For Sale board outside your house to attract any potential buyers passing by.

Review your photos

Photos play a significant role in your marketing campaign, as they are the first glimpse of your property that a prospective buyer will see.

While it’s hard to be objective about your own home, your agent should be on hand to ensure that it looks as appealing as possible.

Take a look at your property listing and see if the photography is professional and appealing enough. You may find that some photos need to be retaken or replaced completely.

Sort out the quick fixes

Once you’ve decluttered and tidied the home, you’ll want to go through and note down any quick fixes that can be made.

It’s fairly easy for prospective buyers to spot small areas in need of repair. Look out for broken tiles, holes in walls, cracks in plaster and torn carpet. Try to get these issues fixed as soon as possible before your first viewing.

Spruce up the garden

The garden is typically considered one of the home’s key selling points, so it needs to be presentable and well-maintained.

Trim the hedges and bushes, clear away any clutter, remove weeds and cut the grass. If the weather calls for it, consider putting out some potted plants or hanging baskets.

Fortunately, as people look to push through sales over the coming weeks, now is as good a time as any to sell a home.

With thorough preparation, a hands-on agent and a solid marketing campaign, you can improve your chances of achieving your maximum sales price and get your property sold in no time.

For more information on how we could help you to sell your home in South London, Croydon, Kent and the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on: 0203 793 2033.

You can also request a free and instant online valuation to see how much your property might be worth in the current marketplace.