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Seven tips to help sell your house quickly

Looking to sell your house this spring? Here are some great tips to get your house sale-ready

As the weather improves and the days get longer, spring becomes one of the busiest times of the year for homebuyers.

This makes it the perfect time to put your home on the market, if you are thinking about moving

Here are some simple to tips to help you get your home up to scratch and make buyers interested.

Make your home a ‘blank canvas’

The reception hall has some highly decorative features, from the stairs to the cornicing
The reception hall has some highly decorative features, from the stairs to the cornicing

We might all think we have the best taste in interior design but not everyone is the same.

If your house reflects your own personality too much, this might put off a lot of buyers who don’t share the same taste.

This isn’t to say that you should make your house look boring, but buyers need to be able to visualise themselves in your house and this might be difficult if your house has too much of your own style.

Painting your home neutral colours before putting it up for sale makes it much easier for prospective buyers to see the home as a ‘blank canvas’.

Having a clear out before viewings is also a great way to de-personalise your house - getting rid of coats and shoes from the hallway, storing everyday bathroom products in cupboards and ridden kitchen surfaces of clutter will allow buyers to imagine themselves in your house more easily.

Repair and revamp

Buyers typically want to be able to move straight into a house and settle in immediately, without having to renovate the entire property.

Even the smallest things can convince the house needs more work than it actually does, so make sure to pay attention to the smallest of details.

This includes replacing broken light bulbs, fixing leaky taps, fixing doors and drawers that don’t open, repairing cracks in the walls, replacing broken tiles, touching up any peeling or marked paint and removing any worn out furnishings.

Clean everything

This might seem obvious but cleanliness can have a big impact on a buyers decision.

Everything from ovens, shower doors and underneath the furniture should be spotless, as even the smallest bit of dirt can leave a big impression on a buyer.

Preferably you should hire a professional cleaning company to do a deep-clean of the entire house, which may be cheaper than you think.

Do some gardening

Gardens are often seen as an additional room for properties, and instrumental when it comes to selling your house.

Make sure your garden is looking its best before you come to sell, especially in the spring and summer months.

An overgrown garden can make it look much smaller than it is, and might make buyers think it is too high maintenance and put them off your home.

Get the right estate agent

A good estate agent is key to selling your property.

The mark of a great estate agent is someone that has a clear strategy of how to market your property, is active in the local area, is knowledgeable of the housing market and is easy to work with.

Don't always go straight for the estate agent who gives you the highest valuation on your house, as this is a tactic used by some agents to win more clients.

A good agent should always explain in detail what sot of fees you will be paying with no hidden costs, and you should get the final fee agreed in writing.

Leave viewings to the experts

It might be tempting to try and show people around your house yourself, but if possible, always try and get an agent to do it.

This is their job and they should have experience of hundreds of viewings, and this can be invaluable to getting your home sold.

Ideally, you should vacate the house completely, giving prospective buyers the chance to view an empty house.

Consider an open house

If you have already had a lot of viewings on your property and no interest, consider an open house.

An open house can generate a buzz around your property and make it appear as though there is much higher demand for your house, which encourages competition between buyers.

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