Agents Can Lead to More Successful Sales

Agents Can Lead to More Successful Sales

Estate agents are often seen as ineffective in property sales, but new research has highlighted the efforts they actually put into a sale. Often these areas are not seen or acknowledged, but they can go a long way to making a property more sellable or increasing the value.

This latest research has shown that agents can be more beneficial to the sale of a property than you first think. The study, which was commissioned by Big Yellow Self Storage, found that agents would actually clean up a house or put items away before a viewing if they thought this would help the sale.

A bad or off-putting smell can be a turn-off for many buyers, so 36% of agents stated that they’d opened windows because of nasty odours. Another 17% had had to use air freshener in the house. Furthermore, estate agents had actually helped smarten up a property prior to a viewing. 31% had put items under the bed, 29% of them had tidied up and 21% had hidden things away in a cupboard.

There are many tricks that can be used to brighten up a room and give it a nicer atmosphere. Carrying these out before a potential buyer turns up can provide a better impression of the property. In the research, 22% of estate agents said that they had switched on lights and 15% had made some fresh coffee. 12% of them had even had to flush a toilet before viewings.

Increasing the Sale Price

As well as helping make a property more sellable, estate agents also understand what areas can help to increase the price it sells for. They have a number of top tips which have also been revealed through this research.

Some small areas could actually add nearly £1000 to the price without requiring too much work. The study found that you could add over £900 simply by putting small kitchen appliances away, having an open-plan space or de-personalising the house. For houses with large and bulky furniture, removing some items to create more space could add up to 11% to the sale price.

Space is at a premium in many properties, and increasing the amount available in your home could make it more appealing to potential buyers. If you have a larger home with an extension or an external staircase, then this can help, but there are other ways in which you can make the property appear bigger. A cluttered home can put 20% of buyers off, but it doesn’t take much time to tidy up and remove some items. Amongst estate agents, 95% said that a home will sell for a higher price if it is clutter-free.

Whatever features your home has, from a large garden with an external staircase to a stunning loft conversion, you need to ensure that the rest of the property exceeds buyers’ expectations. Reorganising the house and tidying away personal items and clutter can go a long way to achieving a quick sale.