It was a long, hard Winter and most agents will tell you that we are a good month behind, in terms of valuations and new instructions coming onto the market. We always used to find that the phone would start ringing as soon as the door opened in the New Year, but this year the weather was so dire that both sellers and buyers seemed to hunker down and put off moving house until the weather improved. The good news is that Spring does seem to be on the way at last. We now have the lighter evenings and the gardens are starting to come to life. Better news is that more buyers are starting to register on the mailing lists. It’s still the best time of year to sell your home and it’s now more important than ever to make sure that it looks attractive when putting it onto the market.
As someone who visits a lot of properties, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of good presentation. First impressions really do count, so it’s well worth spending a bit of time and effort sprucing up your home in readiness for marketing. Attending to any minor repairs such as a dripping tap or weather beaten front door can really make a difference to how your home is perceived by a prospective buyer, as you want to give the impression that it is well cared for. In my experience buyers nearly always over-estimate the cost involved in attending to what is essentially a small DIY job and this can be reflected in the offer they make!
There are a number of other worthwhile ‘quick fixes’:- De-cluttering of floors and kitchen work surfaces to create a feeling of space, some fresh emulsion paint on the walls, in a neutral magnolia to replace that whacky colour that once seemed such a great idea, fresh accessories such as a new duvet cover or some new towels (they’ll be taken with you when you move so are a good investment). We all know that ‘houses that smell don’t sell’ so if you have a pet, remove litter trays and food bowls for viewings, open some windows and have some fresh flowers on display. Outside, mow the grass, tidy up and have some nicely planted pots near the front door. Then we can be sure that when we come to take the photos of your home it will be spick and span and you’ll be pleased with the results – and so will the viewers!
Val Hollowood, Norgans Surveyors and Estate Agents