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Ready to sell your home in 2019?

published on 02/01/2019  

Another new year is upon us and for most people that means it is time to make a change for the future! If, for you, that means selling your home then you are not alone, the beginning of the year is one of the busiest times to of the calendar to move to a new home.

If you don’t believe me then look at the stats, Rightmove have just released figures from 2018 which shows that in the whole year the busiest date for property views on their website was February 19th. It seems that the start of the year is a time that people all over the UK are seriously thinking about buying a new property so if you are wanting to sell you home then now is the time to get it on the market.

With many big cities around the UK seeing an increase in property web traffic there is still no other place in the country that even comes close to the number of properties being viewed in London. With so many different places on the market how do you make your property stand out from the crowd at this busy time? Well, there are a number of things that you can think about and put in place ready for people to come and view your home.

Preparing to sell:

  • What do you want to include in the sale? Usually built in wardrobes, fixtures and fittings are included but you can also include white goods. These can be negotiated on a separate occasion.

  • Handing over as much information and certificates as you can will be helpful as we can then pass this information onto prospective buyers. This can be how much it costs to run your property, council tax, utility bills etc. If you have any electricity, gas and building regulation certificates, this will also be helpful to hand in. Do you have to pay any service charges or ground rents?

Preparing your home for viewings:

  • Make your home look as de-cluttered as possible but make sure it is still personalised, you don’t want it to look like a hotel. If you have lots of large furniture, take it into account that it may make the room feel bigger if there is less of this.
  • Make sure that your home is clean and ready for buyers to see the place. Fix any small repairs that need fixing e.g. cracked tiles, worn carpets, holes in walls etc. Having a tidy garden helps the buyers to imagine themselves using the garden. So, cut that grass, trim the bushes, jet spray that patio if needed.
  • Wall mirrors really help to make smaller rooms seem bigger and adds extra light to hallways. Have the lights on, if you have a dark corner, make sure there is a lamp there.
  • Go that extra mile. Do you have a fire that you could light on a cold evening? Add fresh flowers or house plants, they give off a nice aroma and they add colour to a room. Adding to a nice aroma, make sure you get rid of any bad smells, if you’re a smoker, put bowls of distilled (white) vinegar in places around your home and leave out for up to three days. The vinegar will smell but once you open the windows, the smell will go quickly, and it will take most of the stale smoke smell out with it.
Tags: Selling Guide, Property, New Year