Private House Sales

There are a number of steps to a private house sale

1 Make the house sellable

If you’re going to do the job yourself, make the process as easy as possible. In other words, make your house as sellable as you can.

2 Set a price

With your house looking its best your next job is to set a price. It is here where you would normally rely on the help of an estate agent. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it alone. Indeed, you may be better off.

3 Write a description

Your price has been set and you’re ready to show buyers how great your property is. But first you need to write a few lines about your home to help entice buyers through the door. You may be tempted to write a detailed account of how wonderful it is, complete with examples of your interior design skills, but keeping the information concise and to the point is more productive.

4 Take the best photos

Photos are pointless – and even counter-productive – if they don’t do the property justice.

5 List the property

If you do want to go it alone you’ll have to rely on ‘for sale by owner’ websites. Remember though, while the internet is a major tool in the housing market, don’t overlook more traditional methods such as advertising in your local paper.

6 Arranging viewings

Estate agents are normally on hand to show your property, which is beneficial for those people who work during the day. However, to avoid paying estate agent fees, you could enlist the help of family or friends to show potential buyers around your home while you are at work. Or simply arrange viewings for evenings or weekends.
If you are going to show your home yourself be sure to consider the safety implications of allowing strangers into your home. If possible, have a friend or partner with you.

7 Negotiating a price

When it comes to the financial dealings of home selling it’s important to keep a clear head and not become intimidated by price negotiation.
Decide how much you are willing to accept beforehand and don’t go below that figure – regardless of how nervous you may be or how anxious you are to sell the house