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Selling your home

If you need to sell your home in a hurry or just want to make a lasting impression on potential buyers, it pays to know the tricks of the trade. Below you’ll find the secrets of selling your home effortlessly.

With so many homes on the market it’s important to stand out from the crowd. From creating kerb appeal to making the interior roomier, we’ll show you how to win over visitors and ensure a quick sale.

Think outside in

The exterior of your house speaks volumes to potential buyers. No matter how clean the interior may be, buyers will quickly drive away from a unloved garden, flaking window frames and a scruffy drive. Keeping on top of the lawn and giving the woodwork a lick of paint could make all the difference.

Know your customers

Marketing professionals spend considerable time creating a picture of their target audience and it’s good idea for you to do the same. If your home is perfectly placed for young professionals, try converting a bedroom into an office and keeping the décor clean and minimal.


Letting go of a house you have grown to love can be difficult. However, removing personal photos and decorations not only encourages you to ‘move on’ and think of the future, but also offer potential buyers an appealing ‘canvas’. The same approach applies to viewings. Make sure pets are safely out of the way and that toys and personal belonging are out of sight. It’s also a good idea to turn the lights and heating on to make every room more welcoming.

Dealing with estate agents

The general consensus when selling is to get at least 3 valuations. If one is especially high ask why. This could be purely a ruse to attract your business. If in doubt, keep an eye on the property pages and look at similar houses for sale on the internet. Before choosing an agent, double-check the small print and don’t be afraid to negotiate on fees and levels of service. Local newspapers will give you a clear idea of the estate agents in your area and the type of houses they are used to selling.

Think ahead

Once you have instructed an estate agent to sell your property, instruct a conveyancer to draft a contract and apply for the title deeds. So the paperwork is ready if a buyer should make an offer.

Choose the right buyer

Not all buyers are equal. Try and find out as much as you can about your buyer’s finances. Cash-buyers and first-time buyers are ideal. If your buyer has a property to sell, confirm it is under-offer before you exclude other buyers. Property chains can quickly bring your best laid plans to a grinding halt.

If you’d like to find out how Persimmon can take away the strain of selling your home and discover more about our services, please contact Persimmon.