In this article we look to answer one of the most common questions we get asked, which is: “How long will it take to sell my home and what can I do to help speed up the process?”. With the help of Angela Connery from Beveridge & Kellas, we’ve broken the answer down into digestible chunks to help you manage expectations and speed up the process where possible.

Property selling times vary

The first thing to be aware of is that the selling times vary. It can be very difficult to predict exactly how quickly a property will sell. A good indication can be how quickly similar properties to yours have sold recently. A good way to find this out is by getting in touch with an ESPC agent who are equipped with years of expert local property knowledge or by checking out our monthly House Price Report.

You can also see up-to-date median selling times for all areas within Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders on our website. Simply go on to the 'Explore areas' page and select the area you're interested in. You’ll not only see the median selling time, but also average selling price, most popular property type and average % of Home Report valuation achieved for the area.

It’s important to remember that just because your neighbour's property sold quickly, doesn’t always mean that yours will. However, there are a couple of things you can do to speed up the process.

Be flexible when arranging viewings

If you can, offer both open viewings and viewings by appointment, and be as flexible as possible when people are trying to arrange viewing times. Letting interested buyers view your property as soon as possible will allow them to determine if it’s the right property for them and whether they would like to make an offer quickly.

Presenting your home for sale

Another factor to consider is how your home is presented to potential buyers. If you would like to sell quickly, try to make sure there is nothing that may put someone off from making an offer. Ensure the property is clean, tidy and opt for neutral décor if possible. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Do you have any negative comments about a particular room? If so, consider fixing it before putting the property on the market.

Keep your eyes peeled for a more in-depth video on presenting your home for sale in the coming weeks.

What next?

If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, there’s no better time than now to get in touch with one of our agents and get the process started! The best place to begin is to book in a property valuation with an agent that best suits your selling needs.

 With an ESPC agent you don't just get more money when selling, you also get more local knowledge and quality leads too.