Sell or Let Your Home Fast: Our Top Tips

Anyone looking to sell or let their home knows it can be a lengthy process. From our experience in property, certain things can get you an offer on your house quickly.  


Selling or letting a property can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be this way if thought is given to the simple things.


First impressions

First impressions are crucial and could potentially make or break getting an offer on your property. Take a step back and think about what you, as a buyer, would be looking for when viewing a property.  Viewers will look at everything, top to bottom, side to side. If possible, allow viewers to start in a welcome hallway or feature room, to make that all-important first impression. 


Tidy and declutter

It might seem a little obvious, but make sure you have thoroughly tidied your home before photos are taken and viewings commenced. Give it a deep clean and declutter where possible, as a neat and tidy room appears more spacious and therefore more appealing to viewers. A home that needs a good clean can often turn potential buyers away, as your home will not homely to the masses. Gardens, garages and communal hallways (where applicable) should not be overlooked when tidying. 


Small but important touches

Have you ever walked into a home and been hit with a wonderful aroma. Coffee brewing, bread baking, and fresh flowers are ideal. These can all appeal subliminally to potential buyers and make them feel at ease. It may seem obvious to mention that odours from pets or laundry will impact potential buyers, so ensure your home is well ventilated and any unwanted aromas dealt with before viewings. During winter months it’s always a great idea to keep your home warm, and even light a candle or two. Allow viewers to get a feel for the peaceful surroundings, keep background noise to a minimum.


Be as flexible as possible with viewings

While selling or letting your home can be a lengthy process, try to accommodate viewings where possible. Your property will only sell or let to individuals who have managed to view your property, therefore the more people who come to see your home, the more likely you are to receive offers. Some estate agents and letting agents can help with viewings if you are unavailable to show a viewer round your home, which is a huge benefit of using local agents rather than online agents.

You may be asked some difficult questions during the viewings, remember to be honest and polite no matter the question. You will know your home and local area better than anyone else, so don’t forget to drop in things you love about your home and neighbourhood, to help viewers in their decision making. 

‘For Sale’ or ‘To Let’ signs must always be displayed prominently and checked regularly, to ensure they are upright and facing the correct direction for maximum impact. 


Experience is invaluable

We always advise our clients to consider using an experienced local estate or letting agent. The years of experience they have with handling potential buyers is invaluable and can make this process far less stressful, particularly if you are struggling to organise viewings and dealing with a high level of interest. Using a local expert can make all the difference in achieving the successful sale/letting of your home.


If you would like assistance in selling your home, please get in touch with Nichol Smith Investments on 0131 322 1442. We have a team of experts who can guide you through the process of selling or letting your home.