The holiday season has arrived – schools have broken up and people are going off on holiday. So you might be thinking that there is no point in putting your house on the market or, if you are already on the market, that no one will be viewing. Well you’d be surprised – August is a great time to sell read here to find out why.
And if the property market does go a little quieter then that’s great too. Why? might you ask, it seems counter intuitive. The answer is preparation. It is a fantastic opportunity to take stock. If you are thinking of selling you can get ready for a big launch in September. If you are already on the market you can review what has been happening and plan for the next phase. Here’s how.
Not Yet On the Market?
Is your property absolutely ready to launch? Is it ready for the photos and ready to welcome the viewers? Here are my top tips for being photo and viewing ready.
1. Clean – it may seem obvious, but to impress viewers your house needs to be spotless (even though theirs might not be!) If you are not a fan of housework I recommend employing a professional cleaning company to give it a deep clean including carpets. You can then have them come in at weekly intervals say or introduce your own cleaning routine. Having undertaken the initial deep clean it makes it easier to keep on top of cleaning thereafter.
2. Clutter – after cleanliness I think clutter is the second most important element. Clutter is not only distracting but it makes a room appear smaller than it is. Buyers often can’t visualise so they may dismiss your home as being too small. Clutter also sends the message that you do not have enough storage. It can be off putting if your buyers don’t share the same taste as you, it makes it difficult for buyers to picture themselves living in your property.
3. Decorate – yes buyers will very well want to put their own stamp on a property and do their own decorating but they may not want to do it straight away. A property that is freshly decorated in a neutral shade will appeal to buyers.
Already On The Market But Not Yet Sold?
Has your property been on the market for a while and not received any offers or had many viewings? Then it’s time for a re-think. Have an honest discussion with your estate agent, what has the feedback been? Encourage your agent to seek and give honest feedback, often viewers are too polite to say what they think particularly if presentation is an issue. Consider presentation, could it be an issue? Give me a call, I would be happy to come out and tell you if I think it is and what you can do about it.
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