Selling Tips

Selling your home is all about presenting a lifestyle to the potential buyer, get it right and you’ll be on your way in no time at all.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

A purchaser’s first impression is critical. Potential buyers form an opinion of a house within the first 15 seconds. We tend to find that most people drive past properties before arranging a viewing. If they do not like the look of the property, they will not view!

KERB APPEAL CHECKLIST

Street Clean and free of litter. Weeds removed. Unsightly bins, etc. removed.

Front Gate Should be clean and repainted if necessary. Do not let a rusty gate spoil the look of your property.

Garden Well tended borders, recently mown and edged lawn.

Front Path Make sure it is clear of litter and weeds. There is nothing worse than a path that is in bad repair.

Driveway Clean and free of weeds. People will judge the inside of your house by the state of the drive.

Front Elevation Make sure windows and doors are in a good state of repair and freshly painted (where applicable). Do not forget the garage door.

Roof & Gutters Make sure there are no missing or broken tiles and gutters are clean

Front Door Make sure the front door is freshly painted and that the house name and number are clearly visible.

Atmosphere Create the right atmosphere and appeal to your potential purchasers sub consciousness.

Colour Colours, where possible, should be light and neutral to give rooms a spacious and airy atmosphere. However, make sure the house does not look like a Doctor’s Waiting Room!

Light Studies prove that people react more positively to well-lit properties. Always open the curtains during daytime. In overcast conditions, turns some lights on, such as side lamps. Mirrors can also be used to magnify the feeling of space and light.

Sound Try to create a peaceful atmosphere in the house. Avoid using appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines during viewings. Remove barking dogs and make sure young children are fully occupied. Mention to your neighbours that you have a viewing, so that don’t start blasting our music or their son starts playing the drums (believe me, it’s happened)

Smell People are often suspicious when the bread maker or coffee machine is buzzing away in the background. However, a clean smell is essential, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. The smell of fresh flowers and furniture polish are hard to beat.

PRESENTING THE INTERIOR

Reception Hall You really can create a strong impression in this area. It sets the scene for the whole viewing. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression of the entrance to the house. Ensure the hall is well lit and tidy.

Living and Lounge Areas Most people aspire to have an imposing and elegant room to live and entertain in. If there is a fireplace then show it off with a warm, inviting fire during the winter months or dress it with flowers or something similar in the spring and summer. A mirror over the fireplace can make the room look dramatically bigger and the use of uplighters or a large plant behind furniture can create dramatic visual effects.

Kitchen The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the property. It can have a dramatic effect on the saleability of the house. If the kitchen is old and tired you can often improve it with minimal effort. Again, get the lighting right, consider replacing tired floor coverings and installing new handles on the units. Ensure the surfaces are de-cluttered and are spotlessly clean.

Bathrooms It is no surprise that bathrooms should also be spotlessly clean! Grubby grout should be removed and replaced: (kits are available from DIY shops). If your tiles have seen better days, bleach them and if that does not work replace them. If your bathroom is small, tiling every wall completely will make it seem bigger. People do not like carpets as they consider them to be un-hygienic.

Bedrooms Ensure bedrooms are spotless. Rugs should be cleaned and the air filled with fresh smells. Bedside lamps are great to light the room and add atmosphere.

Selling Tips

Selling your home is all about presenting a lifestyle to the potential buyer, get it right and you’ll be on your way in no time at all.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

A purchaser’s first impression is critical. Potential buyers form an opinion of a house within the first 15 seconds. We tend to find that most people drive past properties before arranging a viewing. If they do not like the look of the property, they will not view!

KERB APPEAL CHECKLIST

Street Clean and free of litter. Weeds removed. Unsightly bins, etc. removed.

Front Gate Should be clean and repainted if necessary. Do not let a rusty gate spoil the look of your property.

Garden Well tended borders, recently mown and edged lawn.

Front Path Make sure it is clear of litter and weeds. There is nothing worse than a path that is in bad repair.

Driveway Clean and free of weeds. People will judge the inside of your house by the state of the drive.

Front Elevation Make sure windows and doors are in a good state of repair and freshly painted (where applicable). Do not forget the garage door.

Roof & Gutters Make sure there are no missing or broken tiles and gutters are clean

Front Door Make sure the front door is freshly painted and that the house name and number are clearly visible.

Atmosphere Create the right atmosphere and appeal to your potential purchasers sub consciousness.

Colour Colours, where possible, should be light and neutral to give rooms a spacious and airy atmosphere. However, make sure the house does not look like a Doctor’s Waiting Room!

Light Studies prove that people react more positively to well-lit properties. Always open the curtains during daytime. In overcast conditions, turns some lights on, such as side lamps. Mirrors can also be used to magnify the feeling of space and light.

Sound Try to create a peaceful atmosphere in the house. Avoid using appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines during viewings. Remove barking dogs and make sure young children are fully occupied. Mention to your neighbours that you have a viewing, so that don’t start blasting our music or their son starts playing the drums (believe me, it’s happened)

Smell People are often suspicious when the bread maker or coffee machine is buzzing away in the background. However, a clean smell is essential, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. The smell of fresh flowers and furniture polish are hard to beat.

PRESENTING THE INTERIOR

Reception Hall You really can create a strong impression in this area. It sets the scene for the whole viewing. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression of the entrance to the house. Ensure the hall is well lit and tidy.

Living and Lounge Areas Most people aspire to have an imposing and elegant room to live and entertain in. If there is a fireplace then show it off with a warm, inviting fire during the winter months or dress it with flowers or something similar in the spring and summer. A mirror over the fireplace can make the room look dramatically bigger and the use of uplighters or a large plant behind furniture can create dramatic visual effects.

Kitchen The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the property. It can have a dramatic effect on the saleability of the house. If the kitchen is old and tired you can often improve it with minimal effort. Again, get the lighting right, consider replacing tired floor coverings and installing new handles on the units. Ensure the surfaces are de-cluttered and are spotlessly clean.

Bathrooms It is no surprise that bathrooms should also be spotlessly clean! Grubby grout should be removed and replaced: (kits are available from DIY shops). If your tiles have seen better days, bleach them and if that does not work replace them. If your bathroom is small, tiling every wall completely will make it seem bigger. People do not like carpets as they consider them to be un-hygienic.

Bedrooms Ensure bedrooms are spotless. Rugs should be cleaned and the air filled with fresh smells. Bedside lamps are great to light the room and add atmosphere.