Category: selling (3)

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value

Declutter – but don’t depersonalize

  • Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put it in storage or give it to a friend
  •  People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. People often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them
  • Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do
  • People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle
  • Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture

A fresh lick of paint

  • Giving your walls a fresh lick of paint, neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger
  • It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs
  • It will be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green
  • Create a good first impression – give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint

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Fix and clean

  • Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this
  • Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there
  • Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden

Update the kitchen

  • The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure
  • Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often as effective
  • Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add serious value
  • Declutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out. Take out any bulky appliances
  • Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value

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Light and airy

  • Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways
  • Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive
  • Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners
  • Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow

Light a fire

  • If it’s a cold evening, or even chilly day, light your fire. Consider burning some pinecones for the delicious smell. This will make your home feel warm and inviting. If you don’t have a fire then ensure the fireplace is clean

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Make it look pretty

  • Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. Buy some cheap ones (eg from Ikea) if necessary
  • Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter

Get the right smells

  • Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets
  • If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it
  • Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee

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Showing the property

  • Have us to get on with selling the property so you can get on with your life.
  • It’s our job to know what things to say to any potential buys helping to make your property sell as quick as possible for the best price.

Obvious conversions

  • If there are any obvious conversions – adapting the garage into extra rooms, or going up into the loft – and you have some spare cash, why not take advantage of this cash cow rather than letting the new owners make easy money out of improvements. You should usually recoup your money
  • If you don’t have enough spare cash to make the conversion, consider getting planning permission anyway

House prices climbed 10.1pc in the year to March, fuelled by the tail end of the buy-to-let rush, according to Halifax, but it came with a caveat that this high level of growth could start to tail off with uncertainty ahead of the European referendum in June resulting in some softening in the housing market over the next couple of months.
The news means that now a good time to sell with the annual rate of growth up from 9.7pc last month, and prices in the first three months of this year were 2.9pc higher than in the last quarter of 2015. The annual rate has been within the 8pc-10pc range for nearly the whole period since the start of 2015. These sharp increases in house prices continue to be blamed on constricted supply and high demand for housing.
Current market conditions, however, remain very tight with an acute supply/demand imbalance continuing despite an improvement in the number of properties coming on to the market for sale in recent months.
House prices to rise around 6pc over 2016 and this, together with continuing low interest rates and a healthy labour market, indicate that house price growth is set to remain robust.

How quickly do you think it takes to sell a house? If you live in Dartford in Kent, then on average it’s just 16 days. Hardly enough time to hoover before the new people move in! But this is around six times faster than the national average, a new study reveals – almost three months on average for the country as a whole.

It is a sharp turnaround for Dartford, where homes were on the market for 49 days before being sold this time last year, but as people are proced out of the capital they are looking frther afield, which is great news for towns within a good commuting distance, such as Swindon and Brighton.
Dartford’s 16 days compares to an average of 79 days to sell a home nationally, down from 87 days a year ago.
It is not the only commuter destination that is hot on the property map. In fact, the top 10 fastest selling locations are all London commuter towns and include Essex and Hertfordshire as well as Kent. Demand in these areas has led to average property asking prices rising by more than 10 per cent.

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According to recent research by Rightmove, the online property portal, Bristol was the most searched for place in January and also makes an appearance in the list of top 10 locations, with properties selling in an average of 31 days, down from 47 days in January 2015.
It’s not just the Southern commuter areas where sales are speeding up. The northern towns of Warrington, Crewe, Middlesbrough and Bury have all cut their selling time by 30 days or more, putting them all in the top ten areas where sales have sped up most.
The biggest difference in an ‘up and coming’ area is in Clacton-on-Sea where homes are now selling 45 days quicker than this time last year, down from 95 days to 50.

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