Advertising fea­ture How do you pre­pare your home to sell?

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LAST week I dis­cussed the joys and ben­e­fits of a con­tin­u­ous and ef­fec­tive main­te­nance and up­grad­ing pro­gramme.

If you do this, your home will be ready to sell any time you de­cide – or have to move.

If, for what­ever rea­son, you haven’t been giv­ing your home the nec­es­sary TLC it needs and you have to sell, what should you do to get the best price in the quick­est time?

We have found that there are two ex­tremes; those who do noth­ing and won­der why the home doesn’t sell, or they don’t get the price they want or “need”, and those who spend a lot of money do­ing all the things they should have been do­ing in a well-or­gan­ised main­te­nance pro­gramme.

Need­less to say, in order to get the best net re­turn, one should do some­thing in be­tween. Here are some of the es­sen­tial things you should do:

Make the first im­pres­sion a po­ten­tial buyer gets of your home as at­trac­tive as pos­si­ble. Tidy up the gar­den. Cut the grass, prune the trees and give them shape, take out weeds and shape the beds. This is a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise and has a big im­pact on buy­ers.

I am re­luc­tant to re­paint the home as it is ex­pen­sive and the buyer would most prob­a­bly want to paint the home in the colour that they like. There can be some ben­e­fit how­ever, in get­ting rid of rust on bur­glar bars and tidy­ing up those ar­eas that give the im­pres­sion the home has not been looked after, with the buyer then know­ing he has a lot of work ahead of him. The in­side of the house must be spot­lessly clean; all the light bulbs must work; the taps mustn’t be leak­ing; oil squeak­ing doors and gen­er­ally make sure that the home is func­tional.

Make sure there are no an­i­mal or smoke smells or mouldi­ness.

Keep all lights on and cur­tains open so that there is lots of light and fresh­ness in the home. There are peo­ple who can help you with ready­ing you home for sale. Con­tact me on si­mon.oliver@se­ if you would like to dis­cuss your home.

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