If you’re in the middle of a project, such as replacing the bathroom suite, make sure this is finished before your house goes on the market.
Buyers will be much more impressed with the finished article than a half-done job and lots of dust. Complete any painting and decorating jobs and tidy away paint pots, brushes and dust sheets.
Get in touch with an agent
Before your house goes on the market, it’s advisable to arrange for some estate agents to come around and have a look. They can give you an idea of valuation and asking price and offer some advice, which may help you to sell faster.
Estate agents will be able to impart their local knowledge to tailor your sale to the target market. Once you’ve decided to sell, keep in touch with your agent for updates about viewings and feedback from potential buyers. You can use their responses to address any issues and ensure future viewings are more successful.
If you have planning permission for an extension or conversion, make sure you inform the agent. Planning consent can add substantial value to your home, particularly in sought-after areas.
The simplest things can often make the difference when it comes to a viewing. Add fresh flowers to brighten up a room and light some scented candles to add a pleasant smell and create a warm atmosphere.
Tidy up the front of the house and park your car around the corner, to create the illusion of more space. Add a mirror in the hallway to make the room look larger and brighter and turn some lights on.
If you are doing some of the viewings, give the buyer space and time. Let them wander around and be on hand to answer any questions.
Selling a house can be stressful, but there are ways of making life that little bit easier. Follow these steps to get your house in shape and secure a stress-free sale.