06 May 2015

Comment: Selling your home - what you can do to help

Comment: Selling your home - what you can do to help

 

Karen Whyte, Valuer, comments on what can be done to help sell your home.

Selling your home can seem a daunting task, but it needn’t be if thought is given to the simple things.

First impressions

First impressions are all important, and can make or break the interest in your property. Try to look at your property as if you were seeing it for the first time – viewers will look at rooms from top to bottom; corner to corner. Try also, where possible, to show your best room first.

Keep tidy

No-one wants to view a house that looks like the cleaner has been on strike. Neat and tidy rooms appear not only more attractive, but also more spacious; kitchens and bathrooms in particular are very important- be sure to put the dishes away.

If you have a flat, it’s not only what’s through your front door that you have to think about, the communal areas should be kept clean and tidy too.

The little touches

It doesn’t have to be a simple procession around your property, pointing out the obvious. Appealing to other senses too can have a great impact. Coffee percolating, the perfume of freshly cut flowers, baking bread, will add to the appeal of your property. Pet aromas won’t.

Try to keep your home warm in the winter and well ventilated in summer.

Sounds too can play a part, if you are in a nice quiet secluded area, keep it that way and have the TV off, so people get a true feel of the peaceful surrounds.

Getting people to your door

Your property must be viewed before it can be sold. Always try to accommodate viewers, even though it may not be particularly convenient – just grin and bear it. If you are unavailable, your estate agent will be able to assist.

“For Sale” signs and posters must always be displayed prominently and checked regularly that they are standing straight and facing the right way- they are not completely immune to strong gusts of wind.

Say the right things

It may sound obvious, but remember to mention the good points of your house and the extras and amenities of the area. You may well be asked “Why are you selling?” – be prepared and make it sound positive.

Conclusion

You should also consider that selecting an experienced estate agent, that will guide and advise you on all of these points and more, is crucial to the successful sale of your home.

Karen Whyte, Valuer


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