Ensure that your property has the best chance to sell
The skill and expertise of your chosen agent will be instrumental in attracting potential buyers to your property and negotiating a successful sale.
The way a property is presented however is a key contributing factor to achieving a prompt sale at market price. Good first impressions are vital, as is the need to appeal to the broadest range of buyers as possible.
Below are some tips for ensuring your property is presented in a way that gives it the best possible chance to sell.
Listen to your Agent
Listen to your Agents advice on a realistic marketing price. You may have in mind what you think your property is worth but your property should be valued based on condition and comparable evidence of actual property sales not properties on the market. Properties that are pitched either too high or too low may limit viewing interest.
Preparing Your Home for Sale
People tend not to buy bricks and mortar, but a 'home.' If a house doesn't 'feel' right it will be difficult to sell. The 'feel' of your house can be influenced by a host of individual factors. Here are a few hints to help you make your house 'feel' like your viewers' new 'home.'
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE VITAL. Ensure that the front garden is neat and tidy and that the front elevation of the house, at least, is well maintained - particularly the front door! A hanging basket by the front door is well worth the investment.
TIDY UP! Clutter really does make a house look smaller. A tidy house has the feel of a much larger one. Think about any unnecessary furniture as well. If in doubt - get it out!
PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMELLS. Homebuyers use all their senses when getting the 'feel' of your home. Clean the curtains and carpets and give the whole place a good 'spring clean'. There's a lot of truth in the old adage of employing the aroma of freshly baked bread and a pot of fresh coffee. At least, use a little pot pourri around the place. A couple of bunches of fresh fragrant flowers make a huge difference.
In addition to preparation of the house itself, gather together a portfolio of paperwork that any serious potential buyer may very well want to see. Gas, electricity bills etc., plus any guarantees for damp proofing or other remedial work that have been undertaken.
Whilst these tasks may seem something of a chore, they really will make a tremendous difference to the saleability of your house.
Ensure your property is readily available for viewings as much as possible. Remember - everyday is potentially a viewing day!
If you have pets ensure they are out of the way during viewings, that the property is cleaned of any hair and that any mess in the garden is picked up.
Vacate the property
It is also important to give a true representation of the space in your property - too many people will reduce the size and may well make a real difference to how much a potential purchaser may offer you. During the viewings vacate the property if possible as potential buyers communicate more honestly with agents if vendors are not around, which in the long run will provide you with accurate feedback on your home.