Top tips: get the best price for your prop­erty

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

JOHN Hal­man, man­ag­ing diorec­tor of Gas­coigne Hal­man, ad­vises on mea­sures you can take to in­crease the value of your home

If, like me, you en­joy your gar­den, you will be a reg­u­lar viewer of Monty Don’s Gar­den­ers’ World which each week fea­tures ‘jobs to do for the week­end’ – a timely re­minder of things that de­mand our at­ten­tion.

If you are think­ing of mov­ing this au­tumn, or even just want­ing to en­sure you are do­ing things which will en­hance the saleabil­ity and value of your home, then here’s a list of some of the things that may re­quire your at­ten­tion, not just this week­end, but over the com­ing weeks.

First im­pres­sions count. The ex­te­rior of your prop­erty is the first thing a prospec­tive buyer sees. Keep it neat and clean.

The front door is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant as it is a fo­cal point and peo­ple tend to drive past a house be­fore mak­ing an ap­point­ment to view. Don’t for­get to keep your win­dows clean.

Even if you are not in Monty Don’s league, tidy the gar­den.

En­sure that lawns are well trimmed and keep the gar­dens neat.

A tidy gar­den looks great viewed from a win­dow and also looks big­ger than an unkempt one.

Con­sider plant­ing some win­ter flow­er­ing bulbs now in pots – you can po­si­tion them by your front door to cre­ate some colour and a warm wel­come dur­ing the au­tumn months.

In­ter­nally, if any part of your house needs dec­o­rat­ing badly, re-dec­o­rate it if pos­si­ble. It en­hances the pre­sen­ta­tion. Tidy wardrobes and cup­boards look larger and give a good im­pres­sion.

If cup­boards and fit­ted wardrobes look over crowded a buyer may feel it would be too small for their re­quire­ments.

Re­solve to sort out those ir­ri­tat­ing jobs (squeaky doors, drip­ping taps) you have been mean­ing to do.

If your house con­tains stair­ways it is es­sen­tial that these are kept clear as any ob­jects on them are danger­ous and present a crowded ap­pear­ance.

Neat bed­rooms help sales. Make sure the beds are well made and that dress and ta­ble tops are neatly ar­ranged.

Sparkling bath­rooms are es­sen­tial.

If your prop­erty is on the mar­ket, fresh flow­ers and plants in a home can make quite a dif­fer­ence to its ap­pear­ance.

Most im­por­tantly, light rooms are cheer­ful rooms to a prospec­tive buyer. If a room is dark, try to keep it as light as pos­si­ble by draw­ing cur­tains back and us­ing care­fully po­si­tioned lamps.

Also, please re­mem­ber too many in­tro­duc­tions are dis­tract­ing.

Don’t have the whole fam­ily trail­ing in­quis­i­tively be­hind. This en­ables a buyer to con­cen­trate on the house. Noise is a dis­trac­tion and it is best to turn off ra­dios and tele­vi­sions.

While I am sure that your pet is very dear to you, not ev­ery­body likes them.

Avoid Fido from be­com­ing a dis­trac­tion.

Fi­nally, never apol­o­gise for the ap­pear­ance of your home.

It will only draw at­ten­tion to some­thing that would oth­er­wise have prob­a­bly gone un­no­ticed.

I am sure, that you, like me with Monty, will find it dif­fi­cult to abide by all of the tips, but if you man­age the ma­jor­ity, it gives you a bet­ter chance to make your suc­cess­ful move this au­tumn.

●● John Hal­man man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Gas­goigne Hal­man

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