Selling Your Property
- Remember that the property market is very seasonal: spring and autumn are good times to sell, whilst Christmas and summer tend to be slower.
- Accept only a no sale, no fee agreement with your chosen agents.
- Buyers can be put off before they're through the front door: make sure the outside of your property looks its best, with the rubbish in a bin, and communal hallways clear of junk mail etc...
- Make sure any terrace, yard, balcony, garden or window box is a selling point. Use fresh flowers and plants to make your property feel more welcome and fresh.
- Light Light Light. Open all windows and curtains. Let all the nature light in as much as possible.
- Clean, repair and repaint exterior surfaces.
- Repair interior surfaces, replace broken tiles, recoat dirty or scratched paintwork and make sure all sockets and light switches are working
- Clean, clean, clean - including windows (inside and out), curtains and carpets - especially if you're looking to sell these with the house
- Buyers are interested in spaces, not your stuff - keep rooms tidy and uncluttered.
- Consider using local storage while the property’s on the market to help you clear out.
- Take the opportunity to get rid of junk.
- Home improvements: you may love the way your home looks, but it may not be to everyone’s taste. Consider some redecoration: e.g. repaint bright walls in neutral, light colours.
- Make sure room temperature is inviting - turn the heating on in winter, and the air condition on in the summer, or open windows.
- Smell does affect what people think of your home: fresh flowers will also brighten the room; bear in mind that cooking odours can linger, so avoid cooking with strong flavours before a viewing. A fresh vanilla pod in the oven also makes the trick.
- If you have children or pets, consider getting someone else to look after them during a viewing.
- Only let someone in if they've made an appointment; if someone turns up on your doorstep, take their details and arrange a later viewing