3rd February 2016
Don't wait until Spring if you want to sell your home
Get buyers queuing up for your property right now, don't wait until the spring
Spring is when sales go through, but start marketing your home now with our ten top tips to get buyers queuing up for your property right now...
There's a common belief that it's a waste of time trying to sell a house until the good weather arrives in Spring. Nonsense! Spring is when sales go through, but you need to start marketing your home now.
So, what can you do to capture a buyer for your home?
First impressions count
Most buyers form their first impressions of a house within seconds of walking through the door. Spend time tidying up the outside of the house - if you have a path make sure it is swept clean and looks tidy and trim bushes. Clean or repaint the front door and make sure your door furniture is looking good.
Cleanliness and tidiness should never be underestimated - clean every room top to bottom. In high impact rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom, make sure surfaces are cleaned and focus on floors too.
Clutter doesn't sell homes, it makes them seem smaller and disorganised. Take time to remove as much as possible without leaving the rooms bare.
Get the right smells
Eliminate any bad smells - these are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don't just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows and air the kitchen from old cooking smells.
A fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger. New tiling or lino and a couple of new kitchen doors can do wonders to smarten up a tired-looking property. If you can't stretch to re-tiling in the bathroom, re-grouting should bring it up new. The same effect can be achieved by installing matching chrome fittings; replacing broken light bulbs; installing up-lighters in the living room for subtle lighting; and strategically placing flowers throughout.
Got a dripping tap or a cracked tile? These will send the wrong message to potential buyers. From removing grubby sealant to replacing damaged areas of carpet, getting all problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea.
Smaller homes can often feel claustrophobic in winter when you can't leave doors open to the garden or balcony. Use mirrors in narrow areas, such as the hallway, to give the perception of space by reflecting light.
Some love them, some hate them and some are allergic to them, so make sure that your pets are out of the house for viewings.
Make sure your home feels cosy. If viewings are going ahead while you are at work, then set the central heating timer for an hour before they arrive. If you're at home for the viewings, be friendly and welcoming - the chances are they will like you and so there is a better chance of them liking your house.
The right agent
Not necessarily the most expensive as the 'posh' agents may not put a great deal of enthusiasm into selling a mid-market home. Nor should you necessarily commission the cheap and cheerful Jack the Lad - an over-familiar agent can put off some buyers.
Here at Abbey Estates, we offer a personal service and competitive commission rates. We have been established for 20 years and have extensive knowledge of the local area. We will advertise your home online on the main property portals and also with colour brochures in our high street window display.