Preparing your property for sale

FOR most, a house move is an exciting time, whether you’re moving to a bigger or better property or downsizing once the children have grown up and flown the nest.

From that first phone call you make to the estate agent to request a valuation, a plan of action needs to be put in place to sell your house quickly. So a few handy tips might be useful to help you on your way.

INSTRUCTING AN AGENT: Don’t always go for the agent which gives you the highest price for your property. Often valuers insist your property is worth more than it is just to get your business. At Starkey&Brown our expert Property Consultants only offer honest advice based on the type of property, it’s age, location and a number of other factors such as properties in competition with yours, overall condition of the property, your individual circumstances and possible planning permission for new dwellings nearby. Our sales team will always negotiate the best possible deal and we are proud to say achieve 98% of the asking price. The market factors will dictate the achievable price but that can only be achieved with an correct asking price in the first place. Also properties achieve their best sale price within the first 8 weeks of marketing so by over pricing properties agents give you less chance of having the best impact when launching to the market.

MARKETING: Always ensure your chosen agent gives you free valuations, markets your property effectively and has an experienced and friendly sales and lettings teams. Being based in the city centre is a huge bonus and remember, the cheapest is never the best. You really do get what you pay for.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER: Potential buyers will imagine themselves living in your house, so get rid of any clutter. Focus on the hallway as this is the first thing they will see when they step through your door. In the bathroom hide all your products, while in the kitchen wash and put away any dirty dishes, and put bins out of sight.

DON’T STOP INSIDE: Cut back larger plants and clear unused garden furniture. This can give a better impression of size. Sparkling patios and decking areas, along with a freshly mown lawn can also help increase appeal.

REPAINT AND REVAMP: Painting a room in light, neutral colours and updating the lighting can help turn an unloved space into a great selling point. If decorating isn’t an option then just a quick wipe down of the paintwork will do wonders.

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