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Top tips for selling your home

Ok, are you getting ready to move home? Everyone who sells their home wants a quick sale and the best price. Sounds good? Luck has nothing to do with making it happen. Preparing your home in advance, to look its best, as well as planning for viewings carefully will lead to that speedy sale and top price that you want.

What follows is a guide to preparing your home, to make it saleable and attractive to potential buyers. Try not to be subjective and emotional; this is only a house, bricks and mortar, just like any product in a shop. It’s not your home. Let it go, and look to the future, when you’ll move on and this house will no longer be yours.

Have in your mind’s eye the moment where you hand over the keys, and various paperwork. Bid farewell to each and every room, and look to the future, and where your new home will be.

You should make the walls bare and pack everything personal away; make the house a blank slate. This will help buyers to imagine their own photos, ornaments and other personal things in the house. How can they do this if your things are in the way? Don’t let buyers get distracted – make them say to themselves “I can imagine living here.”

It’s astonishing how many people are hoarders. Think about it; if you haven’t used something for a year or more, do you really need it? If not, throw it out or give it away to a charity shop, family member or friend. Put away the books, the kitchen utensils, and all your bits and pieces. If an item is essential for every day use, have an ‘essentials’ box easily accessible, which can be hidden under the stairs when not needed. You’ll have to pack anyway in the end, so this will be a good start!

Naturally, buyers will be nosey. They’ll look in cupboards and drawers. If there is clutter, what message does this give buyers? On the other hand, if everything is organised and tidy, it says a lot about how much you look after the house. You should therefore make sure dishes are neatly stacked, shirts are hung together, and your shoes are lined up and paired properly. These little things make a big impression.

Most houses look better with minimal furniture. If things look cramped; for example, the hallway, you’re not showing your house at its best. If you’ve emptied your bookcases, put them in storage. Simple steps like this will make rooms appear more spacious. Make sure there is plenty of room for buyers to wander around, whilst still making clear each room’s purpose.

To help your house look as well maintained as possible, take the time to repair any minor issues. If there are holes in the walls, patch them up. Fix any doors or windows that are difficult to open or close. Make the effort to paint walls neutral colours. There’s nothing worse than a buyer remembering your house for a green bathroom or pink bedroom!



The Perfect House Viewing Experience

Looking for the perfect home to purchase can be a stressful exercise. You need to be sure that you are buying just what you want, especially when it is a residential purchase and a place in which you are going to live. This is why house viewing is a steek aspect of your search. You want to be certain that what you see (or have seen in the pictures of your selected home choices), is really what you get.

What To Do

House viewing can be stressful and time consuming. At the end of the day, however, it will be worth your while taking a practical and strategic approach.

Before even choosing the house to view, it is important to have an image of the kind of house that you are looking to buy. This is important because it helps you weigh what you see in the house viewing, against what you want. You should have an idea of the various features that you want the house to have: the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the house, the location of the house and so on, and be sure of the features which you cannot compromise on. A written down priority hit list can help prevent an emotional purchase missing what you really want.

It pays to be realistic when doing this because, whatever home choice you make will naturally depend on your budget. You may also consider the age of the property, external features, such as whether or not there is a garden, how accessible the property is from locations that you frequent on a daily basis ( work , children’s school, railway station, gym and so on. Property sites like TheHouseShop allow you to filter by property variables to narrow down your choices of homes to view.

You can waste a lot of time and miss out on purchase opportunities if you are viewing homes that you could have known don’t tick your essential boxes before you even left the online property listing.

What To Look Out For

You have finally made your choice on the houses you will view, based on practical considerations that you have made. What next? What should you be looking out for?

The most important thing to keep in touch with as soon as you enter the property, is how you feel and what you mentally begin to do. If you automatically feel welcome in the atmosphere and find yourself mentally arranging your furniture here, and reshuffling things there, you probably have your cue.

Then again, beyond the emotions, you should probably take someone else along. This way, there is a second opinion which you can trust. This will help keep you on track, so that you do not make a rash decision.

It is also important to take your own pictures. That way, you have a personal view of the property to take home, perhaps more realistic than the shots your agent showed you, which are always beautiful by the way. This especially comes in handy as visual evidence when you need to refresh your memory on what the property really looked like.

Visiting the same property at different times of the day, such as in the morning and in the evening, is something that you should consider. Viewing the house at different times of the day helps you to explore the physical condition of the house as well as gauge the general atmosphere of the neighbourhood, noise and parking.

Buying a home is normally about some compromise, but using house viewings wisely can help you get the best home for your budget, a place you will be happy.