The festivities are over and attentions have turned to the year ahead – a time often of reflection and fresh starts. If that includes a new home then you’re likely to be one of many thinking the same thing. You’re going to need to ensure that your property stands out from the crowd in order to secure a quick sale leaving you free to purchase your next dream property.
The good news is that if you instruct us to handle your sale, you can be assured of receiving the very best advice, and here we share some of that advice to get you closer to seeing your property fly off the market.
You may have considered a sale last year; you may even have put your property on the market but for whatever reason chose not to proceed. The market has changed, however, and so your first step should be to seek an up to date valuation on your property so you know where you stand. Reassuringly, most purchasers over the winter months tend to be serious in their intentions so a realistic valuation will stand you in good stead to gain their attention.
Once you’re ready to start marketing your property, it’s going to need to stand-out in a potentially crowded market. Simple steps can make a world of difference:
- First impressions count. Winter can play havoc outside so ensure your garden is tidy and leaves are regularly swept away. You might even find that doing this leaves you with a better view of your house to be captured by Andrews’ professional photography service.
- Create a warm welcome. A doormat, whilst functional can also be a talking point if you chose an eye-catching one!
- Play to the character of your home. Some carefully thought out mood lighting can transform a room, whilst an open fire can add to the warm and inviting feel of your home. If you don’t have an open fire, then at least make sure that the central heating is on – a cold home is unwelcoming after all.
- Keep your privates, private. Sometimes, drying laundry over radiators or on the back of chairs is unavoidable, but when prospective purchasers are viewing your home, it’s time for your smalls to beat a hasty retreat. Drying laundry looks messy, makes the air feel damp, and let’s face it, it can be a bit pongy too!
Our team here at Andrews will be happy to provide you with tailored guidance on exactly what you can do to secure a sale early in 2015 and we look forward to meeting with you to discuss your property needs. Find your local branch here, then just call us up or pop in and visit.