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Preparing Your Property For Sale

Preparing Property for Sale 

 
The market is challenging with buyers often looking at numerous properties before deciding which one to buy.
 
Once you have decided to place your property on the market, it is important that it is presented as well as possible.

 

Here are some helpful hints that have proven to be invaluable to the successful home seller.

 

First Impressions Count

 

When a potential purchaser identifies a property on the internet, they often drive around the neighbourhood and have a discreet “viewing” from the outside.
 
If they like what they see, they may follow up with the agent and make an appointment to view internally.

 

Therefore, it is vital that your property has “kerbside” appeal. 

 

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Seasonal window boxes and hanging baskets give a great first impression
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Make sure your windows are clean
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Power hose the driveway
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Tidy up the garden, dig out weeds and prune and shape trees
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A lick of paint freshens up the property and can make all the difference.

 

Get Rid Of Clutter

 

Your potential purchaser wants to see all aspects of the room so try and make it is easy as possible for them to see the space
 
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Crowded shelves and children’s toys all over the floor can make the room feel small
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Get rid of extra chairs, unnecessary or surplus shelving units and tables
 
Don't completely empty a room - this can often have a negative affect - potential purchasers are often unable to visualise how a room will look when furnished. Remember, you want to create the illusion of space.
 
Consider Re-Configuring Rooms

 

If you are advertising a four bedroom house for sale then that is what people will be coming to see
 
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If a bedroom can accommodate a double bed, without compromising on space, then put one in
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Consider re- organising rooms to show them to their best advantage
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Hire or borrow some furniture or put excess furniture in storage

 

Pet Hates – some love them, some don’t

 

If you have pets, it is advisable to keep them out of the house, or ask friends or family to mind them during viewings. Remove dog droppings from the rear garden.

 

Just Nice

 

Try and open the windows before viewings to let fresh air into the house, but close them just before the viewing. The last thing you want is for people to feel cold and be in a rush to get to the warmth of their car. Equally, the converse applies if the house is too hot!

 

General

 

Try and create the feeling of space.

 

The best way to do this is to have clean lines with neutral colour schemes. It may even be worthwhile painting some rooms.
 
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Put clean crisp white bed linen on the beds with cushions.
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Put cosy cushions on the sofas
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Make sure your carpets are clean
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Put fresh flowers on the table
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Put clean white towels in the bathrooms
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Scented candles give a pleasant aroma
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If it’s a cold winters evening, put lights on and light the fire
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Keep the garden well trimmed and power hose the patio.
 
Don’t worry, if these suggestions sound like hard work. We can help organise any jobs through our extensive list of reliable trusted trades people.