David’s Top 5 Tips……Preparing Your Home For Viewings!

Thu 23 Jun 2016

Our Sales Manager David Hawkes shares his best advice for those vendors looking to sell their homes. This month it’s all about preparing your property for the market…..

1. Are your double-glazed sealed units blown? Condensation between glass panes can give the impression full replacement UPVC windows are required. HOWEVER…only the glass unit needs replacing - and it’s much cheaper than you think!

2. Finish small DIY jobs. All untidy little things add up, and tend to give the overall feel of lots of work required – which can sometimes lead to lower offers being submitted!

3. De-clutter - especially kitchens and bathrooms! Maximising the amount of kitchen work surface visible makes the space feel much bigger - so hideaway that sandwich toaster that hasn’t been used for a year! Bathroom -  tidy away as many bottles of shampoo, shower gel and baby toys as possible. If any black mould is present, remove and re-seal mastic around the bath/shower and re-grout any discoloured grouting. Mouldy and discoloured grouting makes bathrooms look dated. Re sealing/grouting is inexpensive, but has a big impact!

4. Kerb appeal - cut the grass, de-weed the borders and patio. It costs nothing but transforms the outside space. Pressure washing the patio can make it look like new!

5. Try to de-personalise your property – especially if you have pets. Buyers don’t want to see dog bowls or cat hairs all over the place. They need to see the whole space as clear and tidy as possible to get the best feeling of size. Consider removing artwork and ornaments for viewings too.

If you try to implement some of these prior to photo's and viewings, you'll be well on your way to a much better listing!


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Abigail Harding

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