How to prepare a house for sale

It cannot be stressed enough how important the first impression is when preparing a property for sale. Most prospective purchasers will make the decision to offer within the first few minutes of seeing a property, so never underestimate the importance of the first impressions.

A few suggestions:

  • tidy the front garden, mow the lawn and weed the flower borders
  • invest in some seasonal planters
  • paint the front door
  • polish the ironmongery.

Show a purchaser that you care! If the house has been cared for externally, then it stands to reason that it has been internally as well.

Inside the house, "less is best". You should aim to de-clutter and de-personalise.

  • Spring clean from top to bottom, in particular the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Smoking and pets can be offputting. Where pets are involved it may be necessary to have carpets professionally cleaned and when viewers arrive, please take the dog or cat for a walk.
  • Complete any outstanding maintenance jobs that you have planned and never got around to doing. Replace missing door handles, replace that leaky tap washer, re-grout the bathroom tiles (always a favourite for the surveyors to comment on) and invest in a new shower curtain.
  • If redecoration is necessary to cover those finger prints and poster marks, then stick to neutral colours for maximum appeal. Remember you are decorating to give that purchaser a good impression.
  • Perhaps invest in a new rug, bright cushions, fashionable lamp shades, new bed linen. Remember that once the property is sold, these accessories can be taken with you.

If some of these points are carried out, then we are confident your property can be marketed successfully and we will do our utmost to achieve your selling price.

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