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Advice And Tips When Selling Your Home

Be realistic about the price you ask for your property.

Be as flexible as possible about viewing times.

Check ‘curb appeal’. Many prospective buyers will drive by and view your property from the road before deciding to make an appointment to view the interior. The better the outside appearance, the greater the chance that they will want to see inside. If you can, pick up any litter, cut the grass and trim the hedges. If the garden is lacking in colour, maybe consider planting some tubs of flowers to brighten it up.

If the outside of your property is important, the inside is even more so. After location, space and light are the two most important aspects for home buyers. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"
    • Make Minor Repairs. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles, Patch holes in walls, Fix leaky taps etc. Consider painting your walls neutral colors, (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
    • Clear away the clutter, tidy up the toys, make the beds, wash and put away the dishes and the laundry. Keep cats and dogs out of the house for the duration, not everybody likes them! Make the House Sparkle and don’t go out leaving the curtains closed.
    • De-Personalize. Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. You don’t want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."
    • Get rid of any strong smells such as those from animals or cooking. Some fresh flowers are a good idea, and make sure the windows are clean.

Keep work surfaces in the kitchen reasonably tidy and clear of clutter.
Make sure the house is warm but don’t overdo it. During the winter, if you have an open fireplace in the living room, light a fire.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items. If you want to take curtains or any other fixtures with you, remove them now. If a buyer never sees it, they won’t want it. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

If some areas are dark, leave some discreet lighting on in those areas to improve the ambiance.
Do try and go out while people are viewing your home. Your presence in the house can make potential buyers feel like they are intruding and they certainly will be reluctant to discuss their ideas for furnishing and decoration if you are at home. Your absence enables your agent to get a more honest view from the buyer as to what they are looking for and whether your property meets their requirements.

Scrutinize. Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you? Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense. Make sure window coverings hang level. Does it look like nobody lives in this house?

Following even a few of these tips will help you to ensure that your home is shown at its best so that we can get you the best price!

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