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Selling up? Make sure your home passes the test!

With a slow housing market, you have to work even harder to ensure your property gets sold. With so many properties on the market, buyers can afford to be choosy. So how do you make sure your home gets the "sold" sign outside? Here are some handy tips, to make sure your home passes the test.

The price is right: make sure your price is realistic:

Quite simply, if your starting price is too high your property won’t get viewed and you will need to lower the price to gain more interest. An attractive price will draw more buyers and offers may even rise.

A tidy home is a happy home:

While competitive pricing is the first rule to lure in buyers, the second is tidiness. It’s crucial to make sure you get rid of any mess before buyers start to view your home. First impressions are vital, and bicycles cluttering the hallway, or too many ornaments create a messy feel. If you declutter by removing smaller items, this will create a cleaner impression. Clear space and clean rooms are essential; however don’t depersonalize too much, as not everyone likes the show home feel. This also applies to your garden. A cut lawn and some nice plants create the right impression. You don’t need to re-landscape your garden, just get rid of any footballs or toys and keep it tidy. Make sure your windows are clean, and when was the last time you cleaned your front door?

Keep it fresh:


Ventilate your rooms before a viewing by opening the windows. If your home does not smell fresh, you will be facing an uphill battle. Generally speaking pets don’t smell fresh, and we tend to forget that not all viewers will be animal lovers. Your furry-friends can be a real turn-off for some buyers, so it’s worth getting someone to take them off your hands while your home is being viewed. Make sure your carpets are also clean and surfaces are spotless.

Get the right look:

If your home needs a facelift, it does not need to cost a fortune. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference and will help to sell your home faster. Choose fresh neutral colors that will appeal to the masses and avoid bold designs. Update your bathroom and kitchen with lino instead of carpet, blinds instead of curtains, and simple/modern tiles. Avoid oversized furniture, which will make your space appear smaller and bad mixes of antique and contemporary.

Freshen up your rooms with neutral colours
Facelift: freshen up your room with neutral colours

It pays to tell the truth:


If you live on a busy main road, or your home needs major building work, make sure you fully brief the buyer before they come round to view, so they know what to expect. It will be difficult to hide such things once the buyer is inside your home, and will avoid wasting your time and theirs.

All copy courtesy of properyfinder.com
Article courtesy of propertyfinder.com
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