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Getting your property ready for sale

The home that stands out among similarly-priced houses is the home that sells. Why? Because it makes a good first impression. So how do you prepare your house to better the appeal to buyers' Here are our tips for making your house the one people want to buy.

Take your agent’s advice

You’re paying them to sell your house, so listen to what they have to say. They will walk into your home and know instantaneously which little things will make the world of difference to the sale.

First impressions count!

Most buyers form their opinion of a house within seconds of walking through the front door, so take the time to tidy up the front garden, make sure the front door and windows are clean and make the hall as inviting as possible so that buyers want to see more of your home.

De-Clutter

Less is more.Clutter makes houses feel disorganised and cramped, having collected in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realise it. Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. You want as much open clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs to be cleared away. You can't change the size of what you have, but you can try to present it in a pleasing way.

De-Personalise

Potential buyers need to imagine themselves in your home. Remove the items that make buyers focus on who you are, how you live, and your interests. There are precious seconds before you lose buyers’ attention so you need to keep them focused on the task at hand - appreciating the space and features of the home you are trying to sell.

Spring Clean

Tidy your house from top to bottom before putting it on the market. This is one of the hardest things to do but also one of the most important. If a buyer comes to look at your house and the bathroom is dirty, the carpets are a mess, and it has a bad smell, it just leaves a bad impression. Clean up the kid’s toys, put away anything that will fit into a drawer or a cabinet.

Freshen Up & Neutralise

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to smarten up a tired property. While bright colours may be a feature of your home that you love, the average buyer will not like your colour selections. Paint your walls a neutral colour which will make your house appear larger and will also appeal to the majority of buyers.

Make Minor Repairs

It’s really important to make sure that you address anything that indicates your house may not have been well maintained. Repair or replace anything visibly broken, fill any holes in walls and touch-up any shabby looking paintwork. Define each area Buyers need to know what each room is for, so if you use the dining room as a play room, tidy away the toys and put in a table and chairs, so they can envisage themselves using the space.

Finishing Touches

Use mirrors to make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter and use plants and fresh flowers to bring life to rooms. And, as clichéd as it is, brew some coffee or bake some bread to give an inviting aroma.

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