Selling Your House On The Internet

The majority of people who wish to sell their home simply contact local estate agents but today more and more people are also doing it themselves and using the internet to find new potential buyers. Sarah Beeny, the popular TV presenter is another person who thinks this is the future and has recently setup her own internet based property site. Let’s see how you to can make use of the internet to find new buyers to quickly and cheaply sell your hom

Sarah who has brought a fresh insiders look on how the property market works into the living rooms of the nation has just launched Telipo (very similar to Top Cash Offer), an online property website like Zoopla experts which allows sellers to list their properties themselves by taking the photos of their homes, writing the descriptions and being able to upload them onto the internet all from the comfort of their own home. Telipo like other online “DIY” property websites allows the vendor to deal directly with potential buyers but you might be surprised to know that there are other types of website which also allow you to work in this way, so let’s have a look at them shall we?

Homes for sale by owner websites

Like Telipo there are an ever growing number of online sites where the homeowner can create their own properties listing and make it available to anyone who searches the website, or the internet in general. All work in a similar manner allowing you to create your properties advert, and additionally many don’t charge a fee for this service.

Internet based online estate agents

Over the past two years the number of internet based estate agents has seen a rise and they are becoming more and more popular thanks to the their pricing models and they way in which the vendor is given more control to put emphasis their properties individual highlights. Many also publish your listing automatically onto other sites as well such as Zoopla and Rightmove saving you the hassle of having to sign up at each individual one and creating the same listing multiple times. Whilst they do not have your typical high street branch which you can call into most operate a call centre where you can ring up to give your house’s details over the phone and receive guidance on what works and what doesn’t. Additionally it will be you who takes people around your home to carry out viewings instead of an estate agent doing it for you.

Quick sale cash buying companies

Like investor forums there are a number of cash buying companies advertising on the internet. A quick search in Google for “cash house buyers” or “sell my home fast for cash” will list many which are in operation. Use caution however, a recent investigation by The Office of Fair Trading found that some are working in illegitimate ways so make sure yours has a proven track record and is a genuine cash buyer and not just a front for a regular estate agent.

Property investor forums

If one of the factors which are important to you is selling your house quickly then joining an investor forum could be the ticket. You can create you account and speak directly with property investors in your area telling them about the home you have for sale. Bear in mind however that most property investors tend to pay less than the true market value of the property, but this is balanced out by the speed in which they can complete a sale as most will be cash buyers and won’t need a mortgage to make the purchase. You can even find groups on Facebook where homeowners regularly put up pictures of their homes and talk directly with investors to.

Getting The Most Out Of Selling Your Home

There are a number of ways that you can improve your chances of selling your property quickly and for the full asking price and being as information is power we have put together this article so that you can do everything within your power to make your home as attractive as possible to any potential buyer who comes to make a viewing. We shall start with the simplest and work our way down, so let’s get to it!

Tip number one – Keeping it clean

When a buyer comes to look at your property the first thing they will notice is how clean and tidy it is. Before the people come to visit give all the rooms in your house a good thorough clean so as to remove any marks and stains which are visible. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes, is the house you are looking at showing signs of little or no upkeep? Have any of the wooden fittings such as the skirting boards and doors got signs of damage on them? If so take the small amount of time it takes to apply some paint so as to cover them up and give your home the chance to make a clean and clear first impression.

Additionally what does the outside of the house look like? People tend to pay less attention to the exterior of the property when it is their house they are selling, but this is the first thing the buyer will see when coming to the front door so don’t miss this out and give a coat of paint to any dull walls needing a freshening up and the same applies to the garden. Make sure the grass is cut, the vegetation is well trimmed and the driveway and rear gardens are clear of mess and that any items that are found lying around are stored in a suitable place.

Tip number two – Have an independent inspection carried out

Having a professional property inspection carried out can be expensive, but when compared to the price of your home it is small by comparison. Before your house is put on the market, a recent inspection carried by a surveyor will give you the power to show any potential buyer that your property is in good order and that buying your home will make a sound investment. In a buyer’s market buyers can be extremely demanding due to the number of properties that are available to them and you wouldn’t want to miss out on a sale because of something which could of cost you a small amount of cash to have fixed.

Tip number three – Consider going green

As the threat of global warming increases and the price of gas and electricity is constantly on the up many potential home owners look for indications that the home they are looking at is energy efficient and will reduce their heating bills during the colder winter months.

You don’t have to go overboard and have solar panels fitted to the roof, but showing buyers that your house does have a decent energy efficient rating, by use of double glazed windows or loft insulation shows them that your energy bills are much lower compared to those of your neighbours and they can save a lot of money over each of the years that they may live there.

Be aware that there are a number of schemes operating in the UK that offer things such as loft insulation for free as part of the governments goals to meet EU targets. Consider speaking to some local building companies or looking on the internet for any schemes which are operating in your area.

Looking to sell your house quickly?

If it is important to you that you find a buyer sooner rather than later then be prepared to accept a price that is lower than what you are asking. Most buyers begin by making an offer lower than the one which is advertised so keep this in mind and if an offer is too low, then tell the estate agent of a price you would be willing to accept, especially if you would be prepared to take the property off the market for a short period of time because if you do you might be surprised at how fast the buyer snaps up your offer.