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New year, new home – how to get your home ready for a sale

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Last Updated: 18/12/2015  
Tags: Prepare Your House For Sale

December and January are the most popular months for people wanting to purchase a new home, so if you are looking at selling your property you will probably want to start preparing your home now.

In the industry we use the term ‘staging’ when preparing your home for buyers; this should give your home more appeal, resulting in a faster sale.

When getting your home ready you need to make sure that a potential buyer can see past all of your personal goods, especially if your home is cluttered, so make sure that you de-clutter your home. Be careful not to strip out too much character, for more years than I can remember developers have been decorating homes with insipid colours such as magnolia, instead if you want to breathe life into your home use some ‘pops’ of colour – these are bursts of colour, teal is bang on trend at the moment, introduced on a single wall and in soft furnishings could bring a tired room bang up-to-date.

If your room is furnished with oversized furniture, or you are not using a room to show off its full potential, re. a spare bedroom is being used as a storage room, you will need to address this before selling.

Make sure that your home has curb appeal – address any issues at the front of your home which might potentially put off a potential buyer, such as a scruffy front door, or unsightly bins, remember the front of your house is like a shop window, if a potential buyer doesn’t like what they see they won’t want to come in and look around. Most buyers will make up their minds if they want to buy a house within the first few minutes of a viewing, so make sure you give that vital good first impression.

Finish off any DIY projects, and if your kitchen or bathroom needs extensive work you will probably need to reflect this in the asking price.

When you are carrying out your viewings make sure your home is well lit, open curtains, make beds, light open fires, fill vases with fresh flowers, make sure your home feels warm and if you can bake a loaf of bread, there’s nothing like the smell of a freshly baked loaf to make your buyers feel at home.

These are just some of the recommendations we would make if you are planning to sell your property, but if you would like to find out more why not get in touch with your local branch of Hawes and Co or give our team a call on 0208 946100.