Make sure your home is attractive to buyers
ONE of the busiest periods of the year for the property market is fast approaching.
Traditionally the September market brings more buyers and therefore more competition among sellers to secure a sale.
With the housing market reported to be in recovery mode, it's more important than ever your property stands out from the crowd and you do all you can to help secure a buyer.
While every home is different and every buyer has a different list of requirements there are some simple cost-effective things you can do to help try and secure a sale and make sure your property is attractive to buyers.
Furniture: Try to not clutter rooms with furniture. If you have excess chairs or tables in a room, look at redistributing them in other rooms or, better still, place them in the shed, garage or look into the cost of storage.
Exterior: While the weather is relatively friendly, there is still time to repair fences, give the front door a lick of paint, trim the hedges and generally get on top of the external jobs you might have planned to do earlier in the year.
Once the weather turns you'll feel less inclined to get out there and make the garden and exterior of your home more appealing.
Decor: The interior of a house sells it more than anything. Get rid of garish colours in any rooms and replace with creams and beiges – bright and striking rooms will attract attention, but they will be far more likely to turn buyers away.
Windows: Windows can often be a renegotiation point. Rotten sills and cracked glass could trip you up down the line.
So it can pay to get them repaired ahead of a property going on to the market.
It can be costly pre-sale, but can help secure a better price and a smoother sale if they are not an easy target for a re-negotiation on price.
Marketing: Make sure the local agent you chose to sell through has a good online marketing strategy and that they will advertise is your property websites.
Ensure the photos give potential buyers a good idea of what they are coming to see. The more they know, the more likely they'll book a viewing.
Selling and buying a property can be emotional. It's worth investing some time now to make sure your home is de-cluttered and tip top for when it hits the market.
The more you can do now to remove potential stress and re-negotiation points, the better the whole process and experience will be for you.