Selling in Ilford? Find out how to sell your house quickly, for the best price
PUBLISHED: 16:50 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 01 October 2018
Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.
The market has slowed somewhat, but the Crossrail effect is still as important as ever.
As long as the property is priced correctly and is close to Ilford, Goodmayes or Seven Kings stations, they are going quickly. As a local estate agent in Ilford, here at Portico, when we come for a valuation we come fully prepared with comparable prices and other evidence to help make sure our valuation price is as accurate as possible.
And area has a part to play in pricing. Here in Ilford, there’s a lot of regeneration happening in the town centre, and the area is being sold not just on where it is, but where it will be in the coming years. Buyers coming from inner London are looking for good schools and parks, which we’re very lucky to have.
You only get one chance to market your property properly.
The first time your property is listed on the portals is when it will make its biggest impact, so making sure every little job around the house is taken care of is crucial to achieving a quick sale and not giving people an excuse to say ‘no’ to your property for little features which can be easily changed.
Any repair jobs that you have been putting off, from fixing a broken window frame to deep cleaning a grubby carpet, should be sorted before the photographer’s visit.
This is especially important if you’re selling a former let, as often the property will need work to get it up to a sellable condition once the tenants have moved out. Portico offer a Handyman service to help you get all your odd jobs done in one sitting, for one price, which may be a handy option you could consider.
When it comes to photo day, make sure your home is looking its best. Estate agents like Portico offer a one-day interior design service where we bring our own furniture and soft furnishings to stage the house for photos. We know what sells in this market, and this goes right down to the particular decor tastes for buyers from within Redbridge and outside the borough.
The agent selling your home should be experts in the local area.
You ideally want someone who has developed connections with vendors and applicants. I started my career 25 years ago, and take pride in having a vast amount of local knowledge from the City down to Stratford and Ilford. I live in Woodford and I’m also a landlord myself, so I know what clients really want from an agent.
It’s in your agent’s interest to get things moving quicker.
Most estate agents only get paid once the property sells, so overpricing just to get the instruction will only leave sellers feeling let down when the price needs to be reduced. Having an agent there for viewings means you have an expert who knows what to highlight to buyers.
They can also talk about ways buyers could improve on the property. For example, in Redbridge many people are converting garages into living spaces. If you’re selling it yourself, these are little things you might miss out on.
THE PORTICO PROMISE
Portico are so sure they can find the right buyer for your property, if an offer isn’t accepted within 28 days they will halve their fee.*
With 18 branches across north, south, east and west London and Essex, they are your local property experts.
Portico’s team of agents are insightful, and take a knowledge-driven approach, delivering advice in a friendly and consultative way.
Speak to an advisor today by calling 020 8518 5411
*When instructed as sole agent by the 31st of December 2018 and based on 1.5% sales fee