Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home

News at Elite Property | 14/06/2023

So, you are considering selling your home and unsure where to start? It can be an overwhelming process, but with the right preparation and guidance, you can have a successful sale.  

Here are our top 10 tips to help you through the home-selling process. 

1. First Impressions Count! 

Most buyers know whether they will like a property before they walk through the door, so first impressions count! Ensure the property's exterior is neat and tidy by cleaning driveways, clearing boards and cutting grass. 

First impressions can be made online, too, so ensure you have high-quality images showcasing your home's best features. 


2. Get a Real Estate Agent 

It is important to find an experienced and reliable real estate agent in Coventry (like Elite Property!) to help you during the selling process.  

A good agent will know what buyers are looking for in your area and may even be able to make recommendations on how to increase the value of your home. 


3. De-Clutter Your Home 

No buyer wants to see a house full of belongings, although personal to you, put them away to allow the potential buyer to imagine their belongings in its place.  

Clutter can make rooms look smaller, so declutter and depersonalise your home before listing. 


4. Don't Start Major DIY Work 

It is advised not to complete major renovations, but freshening up paintwork and fixing small outstanding maintenance issues will help curb the property's curb appeal. 

Our Coventry estate agent can provide more specific advice on local market trends and what buyers are looking for. 

5. Clearly Define Each Room 

No buyer wants to see a dining room as a bedroom and vice versa, so ensure you stage a room for its intended purpose.  

Buyers must be able to imagine themselves and their families living inside the property. 


6. Put Pets Away 

We all love our furry friends, but not everyone is as keen to have dogs or other animals sniffing around their feet.  

When buyers visit the property, consider asking friends or family to have your pet to avoid putting anyone off. 


7. Clean Up! 

No buyer wants to view an un-kept house. Make sure all surfaces, carpets, and furniture are clean. Ensure that any stains or other marks are professionally cleaned to make a good impression.  

You never know when you will get that phone call from your estate agent advising that they will attend with a buyer, so keep up with the cleaning. Making beds and putting the washing away will certainly help. 


​​​​​​​​​​​​8. Make it Smell Nice 

An unpleasant odour will put potential buyers off, and some people have sensitive noses. The smell of unclean cat litter trays, rubbish that has not been thrown away or even strong cooking smells will certainly make people walk out of the door with the wrong impression.  

Before a buyer comes to view, consider opening windows to let fresh air flow through the house or even baking; the sweet smell of cakes and bread is very inviting and will leave buyers impressed.  


​​​​​​​9. Be Flexible 

Nothing is worse for a buyer when they want to visit a property and find that they cannot. Make yourself available as much as possible to show them around.  

If you have to be away, consider hiring a proxy viewer to show the property to potential buyers in your absence. When you work with our estate agency Coventry team, if we are given a set of keys, we're more than happy to complete viewings when you are not available. 


10. Price it Right 

The most important factor when selling your home is pricing it correctly. If your house is overpriced, you will be lucky to receive viewings.  

Do your homework, look at other similar properties in the area and see what they sold for. Many agents will overvalue your property just to get it onto their books and then ask you to either drop the price in due course or leave you sitting on the market. Remember, a property will always sell at the right price. 

At Elite Property, we have over 20 years of experience selling properties in Coventry and Warwickshire. If you want to sell your home for the maximum amount with minimal stress, call us for your free, no-obligation valuation on 024 7665 2200 and get your property sold by the best estate agents in Coventry