So you’ve decided to move! For whatever reason it may be we know it can be one of the most stressful things you can do. However you should feel positive in the current market to expect the best price for your home.
With interest rates still low, employment at its highest in 40 years. It could be the perfect time to book that moving van, but hold your horses!
Let us offer our top 5 tips when it comes to putting your property onto the market.
Top tip 1 - “Kerb appeal”
Sometimes you just get that feeling don’t you when you pull up to a property. “This is the one” You want your potential buyers to walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and excited to see more.
So do what it takes to create that lasting first impression. Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch and if your front door or fence is looking tired, brighten it up with a lick of paint. Put up hanging baskets to add colour and if you have a garden plant some bedding flowers. Move anything that might not be attractive, bins, rubbish or those bricks you never got round to turning into a masterpiece BBQ.
Top tip 2 - Take into account the little details.
Those jobs you always say I’ll do that tomorrow. The lightbulb you just can’t reach. The downstairs toilet which has needed a lick of paint since 1991. You get what I mean, but the chances are with the amount of properties buyers now go see before they make their choice (15 viewings in average) that they will see those finer details and it could mean a big Red Cross by your address. So get round to doing those annoying little maintenance jobs. Love island can wait ladies and gents.
Top tip 3 - Declutter and create space.
Making your home attractive to a potential buyer doesn’t have to break the bank. The chances are if you did a full overhaul it wouldn’t be what your buyers liked anyway.
A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all the worktops are clear and that it smells fresh and clean. If you do have pets, ask a relative or friend to look after them while viewings are taking place. While you love your furry friend, chances are your buyer won’t – or worse still, they may be allergic.
Give your rooms that fresh paint job and clear anything that doesn’t belong. Even if it’s just for photos, potential buyers don’t need to see that ball pool your sister bought your children last Xmas. (Personal reference here)
Making rooms light and airy as possible like a mirror, hung in the hall can give the illusion of space and a few vases of flowers or some plants can freshen up the house.
Top tip 4 - Get your green fingers ready.
Gardens or any type of outdoor space can be another great selling point – but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running mile. Not only will the space look smaller and ‘forgotten about’, if paying out for a gardener isn’t in your viewer’s plan or budget, it could completely put them off the property.
Top tip 5 - Stay out of the way.
Yes you probably didn’t expect us to say this one but it’s always in our top tips. When potential buyers come to view your property, let them wander freely around the house with the agent. You want them to feel comfortable and as though they can spend time looking at each room freely. Be ready also to answer any questions after the viewing. Better yet Holroyds offer 7 days a week accompanied viewings so get yourself to the pub or take your four legged friend for a walk!