A guide to selling your home
The key to attracting an offer for your property is to enable viewers to imagine themselves living happily in it.
As Newington Green’s longest established estate agent, M&M Property has helped thousands of homeowners in Newington Green, Islington, Highbury, Stoke Newington and Hackney sell their home for its maximum value in the shortest possible time.
We understand that selling a property can be a stressful experience, which is why we handle every aspect of the process on your behalf. From advertising your house or flat in the local area and on national property websites to conducting accompanied viewings, passing on offers, keeping you up to date at every step of the conveyancing stage to completion of the sale.
Here, we share the benefit of our 20-plus years of experience as estate agents in Newington Green, to offer advice about preparing your home for sale…
The old adage that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression is never more true when it comes to selling property.
Making the exterior of your home stand out from neighbouring properties gives buyers a positive image of the interior before they even pass through the front door.
This can be achieved by:
• Cleaning the driveway or path and making sure they are free from rubbish, weeds or overgrown plants.
• Carrying out repairs to your brickwork, including replacing any missing pointing.
• Polishing or putting up a new door number or house nameplate
• Cutting the front lawn, tidying up any foliage and planting hanging baskets or tubs of flowers by the front door. Repeat this process if you have outside space at the rear or side of your property.
• Cleaning the windows and any paintwork
• Ensuring the gutters and downpipes are clear and in good working order.
If you are selling a flat with communal facilities, ensure these areas are free from litter or junk-mail on the days viewings take place.
Kitchens and bathrooms
The kitchen and bathroom are 2 key areas in which to make an impression. Many viewers base their decision on whether to buy a property or not on their impression of these two rooms. Even if your kitchen isn’t the biggest or its look is a little dated, focus on making the most of what you have.
Take action to repaint the ceiling, replace any missing lightbulbs, re-grout any imperfect tiling and, most important of all, give every last inch of your kitchen a thorough clean.
Before viewings take place, keep all the surfaces free from clutter by putting toasters, kettles and utensils in cupboards. Clear worktops make a kitchen look much bigger.
The bathroom is the other area to pay particular attention to. Clean, shiny and bright bathrooms are a real selling point. If your bathroom has a coloured suite, it might be a wise idea to invest a little money bringing it into the 21st century.
It would also help to ensure that…
• Shampoos, soap and other cleaning products are stored out of sight;
• A bowl of fresh flowers replaces the collection of toothpaste and toothbrushes next to the sink; and
• The floor and wall tiles are so clean you could eat your dinner off them.
Living and sleeping areas
Buyers want to see space, not your possessions. Decluttering helps viewers visualise where they can put their things and will also save you a job when you move.
Just as the kitchen and bathroom should undergo a deep clean before launching your home on the market, all other rooms should be spotless and minor repairs carried out.
Make the most of this asset by keeping the lawn trimmed and making sure trees and plants are not overgrown.
It is also advisable to clean any areas with paving or decking.
Britain is said to be a nation of animal lovers, but not every viewer will share this view.
You may no longer notice the damage caused to the interior of your home by a cat using the living room door as a scratching pole or a puppy turning skirting boards into doggy chews, but some viewers will. Remember to rectify any signs of pet damage while carrying out any repairs in preparing your home for sale.
On days when viewings take place, it is advisable to keep four-legged mammals outside the property and put all feeding bowls, toys and other pet accessories out of sight.
Pets that live in cages or tanks will not normally put off a viewer, but make sure these animal homes are odour-free (see below).
The sweet smell of success
The kitchen may be the heart of a home, but lingering smells such as bacon, garlic and fish should be banished by opening a window and using a liberal dose of a specialised neutralising fragrance.
Cigarette smoke is the most common smell that would immediately put off most potential buyers. Non-smokers are able to detect the whiff of tobacco hours after a cigarette has been extinguished. For this reason, it is advisable to make the interior of your home a smoke-free zone the moment you decide to put it on the market.
Older properties can be prone to damp, but its smell can linger long after the problem has been resolved if any mould that has appeared is not removed. Remove any evidence of damp by hiring a professional cleaning company to deal with the problem.
The over-use of strongly-scented air fresheners can be as off-putting as the smells created by your pets, smoking, cooking or damp. Don’t let the smell of your home affect its sale. Instead of masking any unpleasant odours it is better to tackle their root cause.
How much is your home worth?
To learn how much your property could be worth in today’s market, contact our valuations team now.