Selling Your Home – top tips from Poole Townsend Estate Agents
25th July 2010
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Selling Your Home – top tips from Poole Townsend Estate Agents

Despite national stories of a shortage of available properties to buy, buyers are still viewing an average of ten properties before making a decision. 

If you are considering selling your home and want to achieve a quicker sale at a decent price, here's some basic tips you should follow:-

Kerb appeal - First impressions are lasting impressions so make sure the front of your house is attractive. Plant flowers, trim bushes, pick up leaves, repaint your door, replace tarnished house numbers and buy a new doormat.

Clean - Clean your house from top to bottom and make sure its cleaned before any visitors arrive. Don’t forget your windows are clean inside and out!

Fix – Dripping taps or cracked tiles will send the wrong message to potential buyers so replace or repair them before any viewings.

Bust the clutter - This is a difficult task as clutter usually reflects our memories, hobbies and values, but sadly clutter makes homes seem smaller and unkempt.

Neutralise - Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves as the owners. If you use styles or colours they would never select, you'll put them off so neutralise walls and furnishings where possible.

De-personalise – Pack away items that viewers won't be able to identify with. Collections or religious items or lots of family photos may turn off whole groups of buyers, because they cannot imagine your home as their home.

Pets – Not everyone is a pet lover, so try confining yours to a specific area. Pet smells can be offensive, so eliminate lingering odours in furniture or flooring through cleaning before you sell.

Accessories – Use for example, mirrors to reflect light and space, and plants and fresh flowers to bring rooms to life.
Cover up - Lots of different floor coverings makes an area seem smaller.  Concentrate on main rooms but remember to keep the doors closed until showing each room in turn.  Professional carpet cleaning can also revitalise older carpets.

For more information on selling your home and a free no obligation survey – speak to Poole Townsend the friendly estate agents with offices throughout Furness.

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