Ready, Steady, Sell ...
26 April 2011
Ready, steady, sell . . . .
It's that time of year again. The blossom is out and so are the buyers- so put a weekend aside if you want to impress them. Simon Bradbury, Partner of Fine & Country Cambridgeshire and Thomas Morris Sales and Lettings, says: “The good news is that there's a lot you can do to improve your home without spending anything, just by good planning.” Here he gives his top tips for giving your home the edge on the competition....
Get cleaning: That means windows, woodwork and anything else viewers might notice. Have carpets cleaned professionally or borrow rugs to hide grubby marks.
Clear up the garden: put rubbish bags out of sight, hide children's plastic toys and store bicycles in the shed.
Be pet aware: you love your dog but not everyone else will so put away bowls and bedding and make sure there are no lingering doggy smells. Ask a neighbour to take Fido for an hour or put him in the car (unless it's a hot day).
Use a fresh eye: ask a friend to pop around and be honest about how the place looks and what else you can do.
Don't cheat: it's a cliché about putting the coffee on. Buyers might think you are trying to hide the smell of damp.
Edit rooms: most rooms have too much stuff in them. Invest in some cheap storage boxes and put away as much as you can do without for a while.
De-personalise: One or two family photos are fine but too many will put people off imagining themselves living there.
Think ahead: If you find viewings trying, the kids will too and a screaming baby is stressful for everyone. Try to organise an outing for them or ask a friend to have them while viewings are in progress. Finally, make sure that there is plenty of room for potential viewers to park their car when they arrive-make the whole viewing experience as easy as possible for them.
All of these tips may appear to be common sense, but they are not common practice and make a REAL difference!
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