Going, going, gone: how to sell your home in a month

When you're in a hurry to make a move, the last thing you want is a slow and sluggish home sale. One option is to pop your house on a property auction list and sell it under the hammer – but that could result in your home going for much less than it's worth, or not selling at all. To safeguard your home's value without slowing things down, follow our marketing tips for a quick and efficient sale.

Hire a storage unit

Decluttering is the first step in getting your home ready for a viewing. Remember that buyers will want to look in your cupboards and attic to check out your storage space. Hire a unit for a few weeks to keep your things safe and your cupboards looking big and empty.

Be on the ball with your EPC

You need an energy performance certificate (EPC) before you can sell your house. While the evaluation itself typically takes less than an hour, it's a good idea to have the certificate before putting your home on the market. You don't want your sale to be delayed because there are no appointments available.

Instruct a solicitor early

The conveyancing process, where the title deeds are transferred from the seller to the buyer, can be time consuming. If you already have a solicitor primed and ready to go, this part of the sale can move forward quickly. Before you have a buyer, they can already start drafting up contracts and applying for deeds.

Stage your home

Staging your home involves the clever use of furniture to show off its best features. Think about what your target buyers will be looking for. If you have a three-bedroom house, they're likely to be a family, or a couple planning to start one. Make sure you have a bed in every bedroom (don't leave one as an office) to show off the space.

Post on social media

Get the word out about your home by posting your listing on social media and encouraging friends and family to share the link. This, as well as optimising your property description for search, can help to get more eyes on your listing. Don't neglect LinkedIn, either – you might catch the attention of professionals moving to your area for work.