Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Anita says: An­drew’s says:

Get the best mar­ket­ing pho­to­graphs by cre­at­ing an ideal room lay­out and de-clut­ter­ing as much as pos­si­ble.

Use stylish ac­ces­sories, qual­ity bedding and white tow­els for bath­rooms and en-suites.

De-clut­ter and clean cupboards and sur­faces, re­move ob­jects from tops of wardrobes and cre­ate space to im­prove the buyer’s per­spec­tive that there is enough space for them.

Im­prove kerb ap­peal with a tidy gar­den, trimmed fo­liage and bring light into win­dows by cut­ting back trees. Re­move bins from the front and paint the front door.

Re­duce per­sonal pho­tos to a bare min­i­mum.

Colour should not be for­got­ten when cre­at­ing a neu­tral back­drop. Add colour with ac­ces­sories, cush­ions and art work.

Al­ways re­mem­ber peo­ple are buy­ing your home not your relatives so min­imise per­sonal state­ments like fam­ily pho­to­graphs.

If there’s a nice view, clear the win­dowsills of clut­ter and if nec­es­sary, wash cur­tains.

Keep colours neu­tral – it ap­peals to most peo­ple and cre­ates space and light. A house must also be spot­less – par­tic­u­larly the kitchen and bath­room. Keep win­dows washed and al­ways have fresh flow­ers. If a kitchen is look­ing dated, a coat of paint, new doors or even re­plac­ing the han­dles can give units a new lease of life.

In the hall, do the wood­work and walls need a wash or a fresh lick of paint? If it is a small hall­way, don’t crowd the walls. Have a mir­ror plus one well po­si­tioned pic­ture.

Re­paint the liv­ing room. If the wall­pa­per is dated, paint over with cream emul­sion and ar­range the fur­ni­ture to cre­ate max­i­mum space.

In the din­ing room give an old ta­ble a new lease of life by pol­ish­ing, paint­ing or cov­er­ing it with a table­cloth. New seat cov­ers or cush­ions can freshen up old chairs.

A bath­room is an im­por­tant room and it must be clean, light and spa­cious. Re­place old shower cur­tains and toi­let seats if nec­es­sary. If it’s a coloured suite, min­imise its im­pact with neu­tral walls and give tiles a facelift with spe­cial­ist paint. If the grout­ing is dis­coloured, clean or re-colour it. Peo­ple gen­er­ally don’t like car­peted bath­rooms. So re­place with tiles or some­thing sim­i­lar.

Make the most of your gar­dens and out­side space. This could in­clude tubs of flow­er­ing plants or bay trees in urns to frame the en­trance and give a wel­com­ing first im­pres­sion.

Al­ways try to work out who is your most likely type of buyer and present your home ac­cord­ingly. By do­ing so you can de­cide whether to present a spare room as, say, an of­fice or a play­room, a gym or a study.

You have got to get buy­ers through the door and this means the out­side needs to look invit­ing. Your house should at least look bet­ter than your neigh­bours and, if nec­es­sary, spend up to £1,000 on re­dec­o­rat­ing the win­dow frames, en­trance door and, if nec­es­sary, the ex­te­rior walls.

Kitchens have now be­come the “state­ment” room. Al­ways en­sure that you have clear and clean work sur­faces. If your equip­ment is re­ally dated and the rest of the house is look­ing good then it would be worth­while in­stalling a new oven, fridge, break­fast bar, etc. There are some great deals out there at the moment.

We re­cently ad­vised a client with an empty prop­erty to up­grade the kitchen and we called in a com­pany which supplied some fur­ni­ture, mak­ing the house a home again. By do­ing so a buyer was found quickly.

CLEAN SWEEP: Bath­rooms must be spick and span.

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