Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

VEN in a strong mar­ket place with on­go­ing de­mand from buy­ers, first im­pres­sions still make a huge dif­fer­ence and will play an im­por­tant part in en­sur­ing you max­imise your sale price, so it’s im­por­tant that your home is as pre­sentable as it can be.

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, the ma­jor­ity of prospec­tive buy­ers will make a de­ci­sion on the prop­erty they’re view­ing within min­utes,” com­mented Peter Scott, se­nior man­ager at Ro­mans Ger­rards Cross.

“That’s not a lot of time and it shows how vi­tal first im­pres­sions are.”

Here are some top tips from Ro­mans on spruc­ing up your home in just one day: to re­move any tough stains and con­sider us­ing a limescale re­mover to get rid of any residue around taps

Wipe down sur­faces thor­oughly to re­move spills and crumbs

Load your dish­washer and don’t leave any dirty plates on the side

View­ers of­ten open cup­boards and fridges so throw away any old food Mop the floor so it’s left shiny Empty bins and if you have pets re­move any odours by air­ing the dog bed or blan­ket and/or clean­ing out the cat lit­ter tray

Plump up any cush­ions so the room looks com­fort­able Dust all vis­i­ble sur­faces Wa­ter plants and re­move any that have un­sightly brown/wilt­ing fo­liage.

Con­sider ar­rang­ing some fresh flow­ers in a vase on a ta­ble or win­dowsill

If you have car­pets, vac­uum thor­oughly/make sure floor­ing through­out the home is clean Re­place bed­li­nen and make the beds Tidy the con­tents of wardrobes and draw­ers – they may be opened

Put away shoes/clothes ly­ing on the floor or over the back of chairs

Peter added:“Re­mem­ber, there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion be­tween buy­ers at the mo­ment, so if you’re plan­ning on sell­ing soon you may find you can get the price you want for your home with­out mak­ing any changes.”

Al­ways talk to a lo­cal estate agent first, as they can pro­vide you with an up to date prop­erty val­u­a­tion and rec­om­mend the best way to present your home in or­der to ap­peal to as many buy­ers as pos­si­ble.

To or­gan­ise your free prop­erty val­u­a­tion with Ro­mans Ger­rards Cross call 01753 888 800, or for Ro­mans Bea­cons­field call 01494 677 767.

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