Selling a property can be stressful, but we've put together a list of handy tips to make the process easier for you.
First impressions count
Most house buyers form their first impressions within seconds of walking through the front door.
If you have a front garden, spend a little time sprucing it up. A few plant pots brighten up the area and a clear pathway can make the front of your house more appealing.
If you are in a flat or have a shared entrance, make sure these are clean and free of junk mail and rubbish.
Don’t forget to clean your windows and front door, it can make a huge difference.
Declutter & Clean
Take some time to clean each room from top to bottom paying special attention to high impact rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Declutter rooms as much as you can, if there’s too much furniture and things like children’s toys and unused gym equipment lying around, it can make the property feel smaller than they really are.
Do some DIY
Straightforward DIY jobs such as filling holes in walls and checking for clogs in the guttering are easy to do and is one less thing your buyer needs to think about doing once they’ve moved in. Getting any problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea. You don’t want anything negative to turn up on the property survey either.
Add a lick of paint
Neutral colours are appealing to house buyers; a fresh coat of paint will brighten up your home and will allow would-be buyers to envisage themselves living in the space.
Make the most of outdoor space
Gardens or any type of outdoor space can be another great selling point – but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running mile. Not only will the space look smaller and ‘forgotten about’, if paying out for a gardener isn’t in your viewer’s plan or budget, it could completely put them off the property.
With more and more people working from home broadband speeds are serious business and just advertising the presence of fibre optic cables in your area could be enough to encourage buyers.
Make sure to take a look at other features of your property that are appealing to buyers, such as identify that area perfect for a home office.
Potential buyers may be allergic so make sure any pets are confined to one room (such as a utility room or the garden) or removed from the home during viewings. Animals can also detract attention away from your property, leaving them with a neighbour or family member will ensure home buyers are kept focused on your home.
Pick the Right Agent
Choosing the right estate agent is very important and will have a big impact on how quickly you sell your house, and at what price. Using a Propertymark Protected estate agent like OB Property will give you the assurance that your estate agent follows best practice, meets all requirements of the profession and works to industry standards.