A beginner’s guide to selling your home for the first time

Selling your first home can be a daunting thought but doing your research and ensuring that you ‘sell well’ is vital to ensure you maximise on the potential offered of your property.

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Deciding to sell

First and foremost, make sure that you actually want or need to sell. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market because you’re in financial difficulties, for example, you may be better off renegotiating your mortgage or taking in a lodger rather than selling in haste.

Whatever your circumstances, selling your home can be a good excuse to evaluate your financial situation and mortgage. Learn more about mortgages at https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/help-with-mortgages.

You should also think about when you decide to sell, as it is traditionally slower to sell a home during peak holiday season, and whether you want to buy a home to move to or would be happy to rent for a while. Estate Agents in Gloucester or wherever you live in the country will be able to advise you on the options available in your local area. The likes of Alex Clark Glos now part of TGRES would be able to sell your current property and show you around potential new homes, for example.

Prepare your home

Once you are sure about selling, make sure your home is in the best possible condition to attract buyers and good offers. It’s a great time to declutter and pack away the heavily personalised items and consider investing in a neutral paint job or a gardener to get your outside space in order. Try to keep the property tidy and in good order so that you are always ready for the next viewing.

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Research the local market and the local estate agents to ensure you get the right knowledge and help and be prepared to listen to expert advice when it comes to pricing and showing off your property to best effect. Remember when pricing your property that you will need to leave at least some room for negotiation.

When you receive an offer, don’t make a rash decision and take time to consider the implications of any decision you make. Remember, however, that even if you accept an offer you will need to enlist the help of a legal expert to complete the sale of your home.

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