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5 Expert tips to Sell Your House 

 

Once you have made the decision to sell, you need to disassociate yourself from the house… it is no longer ‘your’ house, but something that you want to sell, easily, quickly and for the best possible price. There are lots of tips out there, and people such as Phil Spencer, the British property Expert, (http://www.philspencer.tv/) have lots of advice. To make it easier for you, we’ve put the best of these tips into this simple guide. We hope you find it useful.

 

1.Kerb Appeal

 

Chances are that any prospective buyers will explore the area first, so that even before they book viewings they will have seen the outside of your house. This means that the first thing you need to do is ensure you maximize the ‘kerb appeal’ of the property, to attract their interest.

 

  • If you have flowerbeds or borders make sure they are weed free, colourful, and that all bushes or hedges are neatly trimmed.
  • Paths should be clean and free from litter, walls intact and dustbins placed as discretely as possible.
  • Look at the outside of your property and consider whether the windows could do with a coat of paint, that the house number is prominent and that the door looks inviting.
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should look as though you make an effort and care for your property.
  • If you live in a block of flats, make sure the stairs are clear, that your landing is clean and fresh and that doorbells and buzzers/intercoms work.

 

2.De-Clutter

 

No matter how much you love your ornaments, they will make a space feel smaller, so pack them away in boxes in the loft or in storage.

 

  • Make sure coats and shoes don’t clutter the hall and only special bathroom products are on show.
  • Clear kitchen work surfaces of jars and appliances, leaving the worktop as clears as possible. Also ensure the bin is clean and towels and dishcloths are fresh and tidy!
  • If you have a lot of books and bookcases, remove some and weed out others, leaving only generic titles, neatly arranged. Perhaps place some on their side, or intersperse with the occasional ornament to make the bookcase a feature.
  • Large items of furniture also make a room seem smaller, so if you can live without that baby grand or huge sofa for a few weeks put it into storage.

 

3.De-personalise

 

You want the potential buyer to imagine themselves living in the house, so pack away photos, striking art pieces and posters from the walls.

 

  • If possible repaint brightly coloured walls in a neutral shade… you don’t want them to think of your house as the one with the orange living room!
  • Some home stagers recommend that you only keep out essential books, as buyers perusing the shelves will detract from the purpose of their visit. (http://homebuying.about.com/bio/Elizabeth-Weintraub-19502.htm)

4.Freshen Up

 

It’s essential that your property is in a good state of repair.

 

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles. If the bathroom tiles are looking tired, consider re-grouting or using grout paint.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky taps or cisterns.
  • Clear clogged gutters, so that rainwater doesn’t drip in front of doors and windows.
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam. Make sure those doors don’t squeak! A few drops of WD40 will solve creaking doors.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you have carpets in the bathroom, consider replacing with new lino
  • It’s cheap and can make a bathroom look clean and fresh.
  • Place flowers or green leafy plants around the home. Plants add colour, and suggest a cared for home.
  • Wash dog beds and cat bedding. Ensure cat litter is removed and the pets out of sight for showings.
  • If you smoke, try to only smoke outside for a few weeks, or at least don’t smoke indoors on the day of the showing. The smell of stale tobacco smoke can be very off putting to nonsmokers or viewers with children.

 

5.Clean Up

 

Make sure your property is tidy and sparkling clean.

 

  • Kitchens and bathrooms need to be hygienic, with fresh towels (white works well) and sponges.
  • Consider hiring an industrial carpet and upholstery cleaner- it’s money well spent to have fresh unstained carpets.
  • Tidy, re-arrange and de-clutter wardrobes and cupboards. Viewers are very likely to open them to check storage space, so ensure they are clean and organized to make the most of the space.
  • If you have a rear garden or courtyard, weed it, tidy it and perhaps put out some patio furniture and planters to make the area look inviting and relaxing. In a city that outdoor space is at a premium so make the most of it.
 
We realise that some of these suggestions might cost money, but on the whole £200-300 is not much in comparison to the value of your property. Another suggestion is that you allow the estate agent to show viewers around the house. Your estate agent has no association with the property and is experienced at guiding prospective buyers around properties. We want you to feel that we have done as much as possible to sell your house for the best possible price, so let’s work together on this.

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