Estate Agent Fees, Legal Fees, Removals – there are a lot of expenses when moving house. You may have stretched yourself to buy your next property. So why add to those costs?

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Investment

When I am talking to sellers about staging their home for sale, a common question that I get asked is “If I am moving house why would I spend money on it, I’m not going to see any benefit?” A not unreasonable question. Well it depends on how you define “benefit” doesn’t it? What they might mean by “benefit” in this case is that they won’t get the opportunity to enjoy the change e.g. a new bathroom suite, for long. However, the “benefit” could be that you sell quickly so that you don’t lose the dream house you’ve just offered on, you aren’t paying two lots of household outgoings for as long or (if you or your partner have had to relocate) that your family is reunited more quickly.

Everyone’s circumstances are different of course but, in general, when you sell your house you want one, or both, of the following.

  1. A quick sale
  2. The best possible price

You may have heard the expression “you have to speculate to accumulate”. For example, if you are running a business, you need to buy stock, build a website, market your business etc , it takes investment. It’s the same when selling your house, you need to invest in your property. That could mean undertaking DIY, making changes to the layout or simply dressing the property so that it looks attractive in the photos when people are searching online (increasingly important in the age of virtual viewings) and when they view.

Benefit

The benefit you derive from this investment is that your property is more attractive to potential buyers and will sell more quickly and/ or because you have attracted more interest you are able to negotiate a higher selling price. Often the increase in selling price will outweigh the cost of what you have done. And while the sale is going through yes you will still get to enjoy the changes that you have made.

The actions that are appropriate may not necessarily cost a lot but the impact can be crucial. Changes can be simple such as reconfiguring the layout of a space and moving pieces from one room to another where they will work better. I will always work within the customer’s budget whatever that is and seek to maximise what can be achieved with it. If you are struggling to sell or are planning to put your property on the market and want to sell quickly call now on 07745 876182 or e mail judith@homestyle4u.com to arrange an initial consultation