In this three-minute read, we show you how to keep calm and in control when selling your Oxfordshire home.
With April being one of the most popular months for sellers to market their homes, it coincides with Stress Awareness Month. This annual event recognises the dangers of modern-day stress and provides valuable coping strategies. Moving home is infamously reported to be one of the biggest causes of stress; read our top tips to temper your tension.
Stage the scene
You’re selling a lifestyle, not just a home. Some buyers need to be able to visualise living in your home and find it hard to look beyond what they see. While the light in your spare bedroom may be perfect for your art studio, consider whether presenting it as a guest bedroom might be more appealing to a prospective buyer.
Be realistic with the asking price
The market is constantly on the move. When you’re preparing to sell your property, it’s important to seek up-to-date information when it comes to setting a sensible asking price. A good agent will help you assess the value of your home and compare it to prices achieved with recently sold properties in the Oxfordshire area. Too high, and you risk your property stagnating on the market. Too low, and you risk a missed opportunity.
Make sure you’re viewing-ready
Embarking on a Marie Kondo-style declutter can induce feelings of overwhelm in itself. (How a cheese grater can spark joy, we’ll never know.) But if you break it down into chunks, tackling a spring clean can be therapeutic. Adopting a minimalist approach to your belongings while you mop and polish will make life easier when it comes to keeping your home viewing-ready. Invest in some decorative boxes in your main living areas; when you’re short on time before a viewing, you can quickly hide bits and pieces away.
Address the admin
If your property is sale-ready, sensibly valued, and marketed by a good agent, there’s an excellent chance that it will sell quickly. Fuelled by the Stamp Duty holiday extension, the busy market means that everyone involved in the sale process has a heavy workload right now. Get ahead by organising your paperwork early. Ask your agent for an admin checklist.
Expect the unexpected
Even the best-laid plans can go awry. Sales can go off track for a number of reasons, some of which will be outside of your control. Communication is key; if you are worried about how your sale is progressing, speak to your agent. Whatever the issue, remember that it will be temporary and that a good agent will be in your corner; working hard to support you in navigating the sale process.
We understand the pressures involved in selling your property and are here to alleviate your anxieties. If you’d like to hear how we can make your sale a stress-free experience, give us a call on 01869 248339.
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