Spruce up to sell quicker
DespITe challenging market conditions this autumn, house sellers should not be discouraged, providing they ensure they enhance their property’s unique selling points, according to a leading local estate agency.
Debbie Winsor, branch manager of haart of Rushden, said: “It is now more important than ever that sellers invest both time and money in ensuring their property’s key features are highlighted to potential buyers.
“In this tough market, excellent presentation has never been more crucial. It is all about improving marketability and ensuring a property stands out.
“It is often hard to view your property through a buyer’s eyes, and this is where the advice and objectivity of a good estate agent comes into play,” she said.
haart recommends that basic repairs and redecoration should be carried out where necessary, and gardens and outside spaces should be immaculate.
Internally, clutter should be removed, rooms restored back to their original purpose (for example a spare bedroom might currently be used for storage) and old shabby furniture replaced.
haart also advises that as the kitchen is now frequently seen by buyers as one of the most important rooms in a home, it is often worth investing in improvements.
Mrs Winsor added: “small details, such as fresh flowers and a lick of paint count, and simple inexpensive renovations, such as repairing peeling windows can add instant kerb appeal. If a property appears unkempt and uncared for, buyers will be put off immediately.
“It is also vital to ensure that the property is priced correctly, and again this is where the skill and knowledge of a good estate agent such as us is so crucial.
“Nicely presented properties always attract interest and, even in this climate, sellers can still achieve a good price.”
For further information on buying or selling property, call the branch on 01933 418444.