05 Feb 2016
The falling oil price has had an impact on the Aberdeen property market - but properties are still selling fast if they are presented well and priced correctly.
According to the latest official statistics from the Registers of Scotland, an average of 100 homes are still selling every week in the city.
Between October and December, the average sale price was £214,799, 85% more than the £115,955 achieved ten years ago.
Most buyers form their first impressions of a house within seconds of walking through the door.
To help make your property sale successful, our Aberdeen Branch Manager Nikki Coutts has put together a list of her 'top tips' for selling property in the Granite City.
Like other major cities parking is limited in Aberdeen. It is important to let potential buyers know the costs and availability of parking permits. Some homes have free on-street parking, or if you are one of the lucky few to have private parking, keep the space clear so that viewers can use it.
Cleanliness and tidiness should never be underestimated and so clean each room top to bottom. In high impact rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen make sure surfaces are cleaned and focus on floors, too. A sparkling floor will instantly lift the room. A proper clean will also make your home smell fresh and appealing. Also spend time tidying up the outside of the house. Plant flowers, trim bushes, weed and make sure your outdoor furniture is looking clean and tidy. If you have a path make sure it is swept clean and looks tidy. Your front door is the centrepiece of your 'kerb appeal' so repaint it a tasteful colour. Update the outside lights and put potted plants on either side of the door.
Aberdeen’s famous granite stone architecture can look a bit bleak in wet weather. If the potential buyers is from out-of-town let them know the stone lightens up as it dries and sparkles in the sunlight.
From removing grubby sealant to replacing damaged areas of carpet, getting all problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea.
Clutter doesn't sell homes, it makes them seem smaller and dis-organised. Take time to remove as much as possible without leaving the rooms empty.
Neutral colours won't put any buyer off. Potential buyers walking through your home will be able to plan to put their own stamp on the house without having to remove yours first. If necessary, paint your entire home white - yes, it may take a few weeks, but it will be worth it in the end.
Some people love pets others hate them or are even allergic to them, so make sure that on the viewing they are out of the house.