There’s a sense of security that comes with knowing how saleable your home is – whether you plan on jetting off and buying in Marbella or you just fancy a change, getting your home on the market and sold can prove quite the challenge.
And with the recent dip in the average price of UK property of 1.3% as of August 2022, as reported by Rightmove
, you may be wondering just how much you could get for your home.
But first, let’s address the elephant in the room: house prices.
Current house prices are in line with summer price trends over the last decade – the recent dip in value is completely normal, and there is absolutely no need to worry.
Besides, the rest of the year looks promising – as we all settle back down and pack up the deck chairs and garden furniture, house prices are expected to rise again before the end of the year.
But with that out of the way, the remainder of this article will discuss more on saleability – specifically, key things you should look out for, alongside our saleability quiz to help you determine just how saleable your home is. Exciting, right?
How saleable is your home?
Before we get around to the saleability quiz, let’s discuss the factors that determine whether your home is ready for the market.
All homes are saleable, but to get the best price for your four walls and pride and joy, you may wish to consider the following factors:
- What is the neighbourhood like?
- Where is your home based?
- How big is your home?
- What condition is your home in?
Keep reading to find out how each factor affects saleability – these aren’t the be-all and end-all (so don’t panic), but they are definitely worth considering.
What is the neighbourhood like?
It’s no secret that homes in nicer neighbourhoods typically sell for more.
People pay more for increased security, peace of mind, better schools, local amenities, and so forth. And who can blame them?
If you live in a nice neighbourhood, your saleability goes up.
And if you don’t live in the best of neighbourhoods, then don’t worry – there are many other factors that will also be taken into consideration.
Where is your home based?
Alongside the neighbourhood, the location of your home is just as important.
Is your home close to a motorway? Do you live near to local attractions? Are you a five-minute drive from the shops but in the heart of the countryside?
The location matters – it massively determines the value and the attraction of your advert or online listing.
Now, you can’t exactly move your home, but understanding how location affects the price and overall attraction is useful.
How big is your home?
The size of your home directly impacts the valuation – how many bedrooms and bathrooms does the home have?
Buyers often pay per square foot, but the price varies massively depending on the location – a four-bedroom home in central London is worth considerably more than a four-bedroom home in the heart of the countryside. Scenic or not, people pay for location.
What’s most important is liveable space – the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms are also key selling points.
A large modern kitchen will increase saleability much more than an old worn-down wooden kitchen that’s decades old.
Consider a simple renovation before listing your home on the market to further increase value and saleability. We promise, it’s worth every penny!
What condition is your home in?
A home in good condition is usually one that performs well on the market.
Typically, most buyers would rather purchase a home that, well, looks like a home. Add those finishing touches, add a fresh lick of paint and a little bit of love, and give prospective buyers a glimpse into what makes your home so great.
As a general rule of thumb: it’s always a good idea to clean up and perform a few basic repairs around your home (if needed) before seeking a valuation.
That means tidying up those wires, repainting the skirting boards, and fixing that extractor fan for good (come on, nobody likes mould).
A little bit of hard work goes a long way – you can increase the value of your home drastically; don’t neglect those quick fixes and repairs.
It’s not just about the physical condition of your home (although this is very important), but the saleability of your home is also heavily tied to:
- Your estate agent
- Your brochure
- Your online advert
- The price
- If you prepare your home for viewings
But it doesn’t end there – you need to be in regular contact with your estate agent, your brochure must show the best of your home, you need to dress and prepare your home for viewings and the price must sit within a realistic bracket.
Add all these factors together, and you’ve got a saleable home. It’s that simple!
Take the Hawkesford James saleability quiz
and find out just how saleable your home is!
If, after completing the saleability quiz, you did not get the results you were hoping for, then give us a call on 01795 437777
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
– we’ll get right back to you with further advice.
We’ll provide you with our expert opinion on what needs to be done to secure a successful sale of your home – paired with a bespoke marketing strategy; we’re confident you’ll have success on the market.
Let us help you sell your home – it’s what we do!
Jon Hawkesford - Hawkesford James Estate Agents Sittingbourne