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Last Updated: 01/10/2015  
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In a competitive market it’s vital that you make your home stand out from the rest, and this isn’t necessarily about having the latest kitchen appliance, or an in-built home cinema systems, sometimes it can be down to just making sure you present your home to the highest possible standard, bearing in mind who your intended buyers are. 

The first aspect to tackle is which market you are aiming your home at – whether it’s the family market, young professional or the senior market. Once you have established this you can then give each room a purpose - for example if your home office looks more like a store room, then make sure this is tidy and presented as a home office, this will be especially important if you are aiming at the professional market, so if you have a small box room that you are currently using for storage, think about presenting it as a home study. However if you are marketing your home to families then present your extra room as a bedroom, as most families will be looking for bedroom space, dependent on the amount of bedrooms in your home. If you are unsure who your potential market is then please contact your local branch of Hawes and Co. 

 We have put together some ideas to help you maximise your home’s potential:

• Gardens – for the young professional they will probably want a low maintenance, but well managed garden. Families will desire easy access from the house to the garden, so steps and so fourth to the garden can be a bit off putting, if you do have either of these, then make sure they are in good condition.

 • It’s important to provide enough storage space, whether this comes in the form of a boarded out loft, garage, large shed or enough cupboards throughout the home will be an important factor.

• Dress your home, try and colour co-ordinate your furnishings and make sure windows have curtains or blinds. Half finished DIY projects, damp issues, or too much clutter can be really off putting to buyers. 

• Buyers like to be able to entertain in a kitchen, young professionals will require at least a small breakfast bar, or a place to put a table in the kitchen where they can entertain and cook. For most families a large kitchen dinner is high on the list, as it ticks off a certain lifestyle.

• Maximise the light – make sure your window coverings allow enough light to enter your home, by just cleaning the windows can make a huge difference, for buyers in the UK having light, airy rooms is really important.

• Kitchens and bathrooms, buyers know that these are the most expensive rooms to put right, so make sure these are well presented, if you have an old bathroom or kitchen you will probably have to reflect this in the asking price. 

These are just a few of the many suggestions we have to get the most from your property, if you would like more information on this or any other aspect of selling your home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local branch of Hawes and Co.