Preparing for sale

Presentation

Before putting your house or flat on the market, it’s worth considering spending a weekend or two getting it into tip-top condition. Presentation can be the key to getting things moving forward and turning that interest into a firm offer. A little time spent de-cluttering and some property ‘t.l.c.’ can maximise value and will often increase the speed of your sale.

Photography

Around 80% of buyers will start their search on one of the property portals or on websites like ours. Great presentation can make your property stand out. Our fully qualified professional photographer can produce great results with the camera, and will always show off your property to it’s best advantage.

Removing clutter makes it easier for buyers to imagine the room as they would have it, so de-personalise your rooms by removing or reducing the number of items such as family photos etc. Your house or flat needn’t be sparkling all the time but keeping it relatively clean and tidy will create the right impression and will allow potential buyers to see and appreciate all the features of the property.

Before

After

Repairs & maintenance

A lick of paint will keep a property looking clean & fresh. A well-kept garden, pathway and fence are immediately appealing and a newly-painted front door with polished fittings always creates a good first impression. Internally, plain walls in pale natural colours maximise the feeling of light and space and enable buyers to imagine their possessions in the property. Avoid bright, bold shades as they won’t suit everyone.

Viewings

Generally it is best to allow our negotiator to take the buyers through the property and to show them around. If you are at home during the viewing, be on hand to answer any questions about bills, schools or other local amenities etc. With regard to pets, it might be best to ask friends or family to look after them when a viewing is scheduled.

For more advice about selling your home or to arrange a valuation and marketing appraisal please contact our residential sales team on: 029 2039 7152 or send an e-mail to: sales@chrisjohn.co.uk