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Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home

Moving house is one of the most stressful things you will ever have to do so we want to lend a helping hand to make the process a little easier.

We have put together our top 10 tips to help you sell your home.

1. Pick the Right Agent

Choosing the right estate agent is very important and will have a big impact on how quickly you sell your house, and at what price. Using a Propertymark Protected estate agent will give you the assurance that your agent follows best practice, meets all requirements of the profession and works to industry standards.

For more information see our how to pick the perfect estate agent guide.

2. First Impressions Count

Most buyers form their first impressions within seconds of walking through the front door. If you have a front garden, spend a little time sprucing it up. A few plant pots and a clear pathway can make the front of your house more appealing.

Quick Tip: Don’t forget to clean your front door, it can make a huge difference.

3. Clear Worktops and Declutter

A tidy room should never be underestimated, so take some time to clean each room top to bottom. In high impact rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen, make sure surfaces are cleaned. A cluttered kitchen could be your downfall. Take time to remove as much as possible, moving your toaster into a kitchen cupboard to free up extra space will make the kitchen appear much bigger. Flooring shouldn’t be overlooked; sparkling tiles will instantly lift the room. A deep clean will make your home smell fresh and appealing.

4. Add a Lick of Paint 

Neutral colours are appealing to buyers; a fresh coat of paint will brighten up your home and will allow would-be buyers to envisage themselves living in the space.

5. Crack Out the Toolbox 

Straightforward DIY jobs such as filling holes in walls and checking for clogs in the guttering are easy to do and is one less thing your buyer needs to think about doing once they’ve moved in. Getting any problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea.

6. Think About Your Pets

Whilst you might think your dog is adorable, others may not. Potential buyers may be allergic so make sure any pets are confined to one room (such as a utility room or the garden) or removed from the home during viewings. Animals can also detract attention away from your property, leaving them with a neighbour or family member will ensure buyers are kept focussed on your home. 

7. Brag About Your Broadband

Broadband speeds are serious business in this day and age and just advertising the presence of fibre optic cables in your area could be enough to encourage buyers.

8. Think Smart

Smart home technologies are increasingly important to buyers, smart technology such as Hive, which gives mobile control over heating systems, is a feature worth considering. If it moves your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) up a band, it could add thousands to the sale price.

9. Consider an Open House 

An open house can be a major benefit for sellers, and setting aside one or two days to open your house up to the public will save you time in the long run. Spare yourself the effort of cleaning your house from top to bottom every other day and answering the same questions over and over by getting most of your viewings out of the way in one go.

10. Be Realistic About the Asking Price 

Too high a price is likely to deter would-be buyers. Do your research to get an idea of asking prices in your local area. 

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