The decision has been made, you want to sell your home. There are a few tips to help you sell quickly and successfully, i.e. at the desired price.
To prepare for the sale, start by estimating your property at its fair price. To help you, you can study ads similar to your property in the same neighbourhood, make online estimates on dedicated websites, consult the “Patrim” database made available to the public by the tax authorities, and of course get help from a local estate agent. The average time taken to sell a properly valued flat or house is estimated to be around three months. It can take much longer for an overvalued property.
Once the price has been set, the easiest thing to do is to choose a good professional and give them an exclusive sales mandate, so that they are motivated to sell.
Finally, you will need to present your property as well as possible. Make it attractive: enhance its spaces by removing some cumbersome furniture, make its decoration as neutral as possible by boxing up excess knick-knacks, anticipate the repair of small defects such as a detached skirting board or a faulty intercom, or even, in the case of a property sold empty, provide it with a minimum of furniture and decoration, which will make people want to buy it. Be ruthless about cleaning the seals and traces of mould in the bathroom… Generally speaking, the future buyer must have the impression that your property is in good condition and easy to maintain.
Don’t forget that an outside eye (a friend, an estate agent, etc.) will be more objective than your own, used to the daily routine, in unmasking the small defects of the property and therefore in hiding them. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can use the services of a “home stager”, i.e. a real estate agent, a professional whose mission will be to help you enhance the aesthetics of your property.
In the same vein, you will need to take care of the photos of your home: a decluttered house, devoid of kitschy knick-knacks, very clean and bright is essential to attract a buyer.
To make the best impression during visits by potential buyers, it’s best to anticipate and prepare a few notes, as potential buyers will ask many questions, from the amount of property or local taxes, to the year of construction of the home, the amount of heating costs and the square metres of the rooms.