Preparing to Sell
First impressions count
Through our accompanied viewings service, we show potential buyers hundreds of properties each year. We know how a property is presented can seriously affect the final sale price.
To achieve the best price it's important that your property looks as good as it can, inside and out. There are some very simple steps you can take to prepare your home to go on the market – Proven techniques that, for little expense, can have a huge impact maximizing the price of your home.
Simple tips to help maximize the price of your home:
OUTSIDE - An attractive exterior is the key to bringing the prospective buyers or tenants to your doorstep.
• Check the fence or garden wall and make sure they are in good repair.
• Weed the flower beds
• Make sure the front gate is in good condition and closes properly.
• Remove oil stains from driveways, and clear moss or weeds from the path.
• If needed give the front door a fresh coat of paint
• Check your roof for slipped or missing tiles. Make sure the gutters are cleared and aren't sagging.
• Make sure the window frames aren't peeling. Give them a fresh coat of paint. Clean the windows.
• Clear the garden. Tidy away old garden furniture and cut back hedges, bushes and shrubbery.
INSIDE – Begin with a thorough clean. De-Clutter! Sort out & dispose of things you no longer need. Store or give away excess furniture that makes the room appear cramped.
• Clean and arrange cupboards & fitted wardrobes; they will look bigger with less clutter.
• Make your kitchen appliances shine.
• Clear off work tops to make the kitchen look spacious and neat.
• Wash walls and woodwork.
• In the bathrooms, scrub soap film from tiles and grout.
Decorating - Decorating can help assure you will get the best price for your home. But before you begin put yourself in the place of a buyer or tenant seeing your home for the first time, or get a fresh, neutral pair of eyes to give an un-biased view – your agent is an ideal person to do this.
• Paint rooms, needing a fresh coat, in a neutral colour.
• Re-stain or paint chipped woodwork.
• Replace torn or soiled wallpaper, carpeting or curtains in a neutral shade.
• Consider new light fixtures and mirrors to make a room.
• Add flowers to make your home more attractive.
Remember you don't have to turn your home in to a Show Home, but it has to be as welcoming as possible
Repairing - Your repair list should include:
• Fix leaky taps.
• Make sure fitted wardrobe doors close easily.
• Touch up paint, repair plaster and nail holes.
• Make sure your doorbell is working properly.
• Polish or refinish badly scratched hardwood floors
Preparing for a viewing - Before a viewing make the property look welcoming and inviting - Remember the importance of first impressions.
• Clear the entrance hall. Put away coats or bikes which can make the hall feel cramped and small
• Make sure junk mail doesn't pile up by the front door.
• Make the beds. Do the washing up and put it away.
• During the day keep curtains fully drawn for maximum light and ensure windows are sparkling to let in more light.
• At night or on dull days turn on all the lights.
• Turn off the television.
• Open windows to air out any stuffy rooms. Set central heating to come on in winter so it's warm and welcoming.
• Avoid unpleasant cooking odours.
• If you have a dog, take it out for a walk – not everyone likes animals.