Thinking of moving this year? We saw a record number of people putting their homes up for sale this Boxing Day, with 46% more properties coming onto the market than on the same day in 2021.

And in line with the seasonal trends we usually see, home-moving activity is starting to pick up after Christmas, so now could be a good time to think about putting your home on the market. 

Take a look at our top tips for making your sale as successful, quick, and hassle-free as possible.

Choose the right estate agent

If you haven’t had your property valued yet, get that booked in as soon as possible. We recommend getting at least two agents around to value your home.

Here’s a list to help you know what to look for when choosing an agent:

In other words, going with an agent who charges slightly less commission, but ends up taking much longer to sell your property – and then achieving a lower price – may be false economics.

Dealing with an estate agent who provides a great service, is responsive, proactive, and an expert in your local area, will make a huge difference to the whole experience, and will most likely get your house sold faster.

Get the price right

Don’t be swayed by the agent promising the highest price for your home. It’s tempting, but if you end up over-pricing the property, it will only prolong the process, and you’ll have to reduce the price further down the line anyway. A study we carried out found that you were twice as likely to sell your home if it sold based on the first listed asking price.

Instead, ask the agent to provide evidence to support why they recommend that asking price. And again, look at their recent history in the area.

Have all documents ready

Your estate agent and solicitor will ask for various bits of paperwork throughout the selling process, so if you can gather together all the relevant documents ahead of time, you should avoid delays further down the line.

Some of the paperwork to consider rounding up includes:

Getting your home ready: decluttering and photography

You’ll want to spend some time de-cluttering and making your home look as presentable and attractive as possible, so that as soon as you’ve instructed your agent they can get straight to work.

The quality of the photos that appear on Rightmove play a big part in determining the level of interest the property will get. Low quality photos of cluttered and messy rooms put some people off, whilst high-resolution images of bright, tidy, well-presented homes are attention magnets.

An important note on photography – today’s technology can produce extremely high-resolution images, videos, and virtual tours, which is great. But be mindful that you don’t reveal more of your home than you should. Private documents, medical papers, financial information, or anything that reveals personal information about you should be kept out of view.

Here are some ideas to make your home look amazing when it’s on display:

1. Make it light and airy

Darker rooms generally look smaller than lighter ones, and this can be a big turn off for potential buyers. So we’d suggest making sure that blinds are open, and curtains are apart, to flood your home with light.

2. Keep the garden tidy

The front garden is the first thing that a potential buyer will see, so make sure that you give them a reason to smile straight away.

Similarly, the back garden can be a deal clincher, and an impressive outdoor space could set your home apart from the rest. Here are some suggestions for things to tick off your list:

3. Bathrooms and kitchens

These two rooms are the most expensive for a buyer to upgrade. However, if you’ve made an effort to clean and declutter them, you’ll be giving potential buyers another reason to be positive about your home. So, here are some of our top tips: