How to prepare your property for sale. —
15th Feb 2018
So youve made the decision to move house. Here at Peter Scott Estate Agents we would like to offer some help and advise on how to maximise the price achieved for your property as well as planning for a smooth, less stressful house move.
The first factor to adjust to, having decided to sell your home, is to appreciate the fact that your property is now â€˜on the marketâ€™. Buyers will be looking around your property (with us!) and picturing themselves living there. So there are bound to be some basic changes needed to maximise interest and price but nothing that isnâ€™t within your own capabilities. Here are a few tips:
Clean, polish and paint - by far the most impactful and cost-effective measure. Step back and look at your property objectively.
Importantly, clean windows and frames inside and out, polish up kitchen appliances, units and chrome ware, shine up those bathroom taps and shower screen, wash wooden floors, paint any dark areas like hallways and landings with light reflecting paint.
Declutter - buyers may find it difficult to see past an over furnished house and personal items such as wall photos. Clear away kitchen worktops and bathroom products to best promote these highly important selling areas. Do you have piles of paperwork, magazines, post or newspapers on show? If so put them away.
First impressions do count - buyers may initially drive or walk past your property before committing to a viewing. The front garden or entrance should be clean and tidy, lawn mowed and any hedges cut. If you have a driveway make sure it is weed free and the shingle is raked. Any cars not in regular use should be garaged or moved away when buyers arrive for a viewing easy parking is essential.
Minor repairs - it might sound obvious but dont be one of the homes for sale with dripping taps, cracked windows, leaky gutters, blown bulbs or cracks showing. Fix those small jobs to make the best impression.
Paperwork - not the dreaded paperwork I hear you say! Have you got it all in order? If youve had any gas, electrical or building work done at your property you will need the planning certificates (including the building control completion certificate), warranties and invoices to give to your solicitor. These documents can be obtained retrospectively.