Maximising the Value of your Home.

27th September 2018

Maximising the Value of your Home.

We have compiled some tips on maximising the value of your home. 

First Impressions Count

Creating kerb appeal is really important.  Take a look at your property from the front, could the front door do with a fresh coat of paint, trim the front hedge, sweep up the fallen leaves, pull up the weeds poking through the drive or give the front windows a wash? If so, these little things really do help to make a good first impression.

Minimise Buyer Worries

Buyers understand that no house is absolutely perfect, however, paying some attention to some of those little jobs you have been meaning to tackle, such as minor repairs to walls, floors or features can really alleviate buyer concerns. 

Emphasise Space

We don't mean place all your furniture in storage!  Clear up some of the daily clutter, clear surfaces, including floors, and put away personal items, such as the exercise bike which isn't being used as often as you hoped. Open blinds, curtains and adjoining doors. 

Odours

No we are not going to encourage you to bake bread or fill your house with this seasons fresh cuts, but a fresh smell does count.  Prior to viewings if you can open the windows for a period of time or invest in a few automatic fresheners, it does create a more inviting smell. 

Make the Most of Every Viewing

Be as flexible as possible.  If there are times you would prefer viewings not to take place then let your agent know ahead of time. Also, if your property has a tenant, prior to viewings, speak to them to arrange convenient times.

If you would prefer not to be cleaning the house all the time or shipping the kids off to grannies, then maybe an open day is a better option. Talk to your agent about the possible options to maximise buyer enquiries.  

Leave it to Us

We would recommend that if you want to receive honest feedback on your property, whilst the viewing is taking place, allow us to conduct the viewings for you.   

Trust in the value of our experience

If we can be of any assistance regarding the marketing of your property, or to arrange an up to date market appraisal, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

If you’re a buyer or renter going on viewings:

You can still go and view properties that you’ve had your eye on, but you must follow our simple guidance to ensure your viewing goes as smoothly and as safely as possible:

Protecting yourself and those in the property you’re viewing

Whether it’s on your way to a viewing, or once you get there, remember these three key pieces of advice from the government:

• Maintain a 2m distance from anyone you aren’t living with – we know this can be tough at times, but it’s possible. If you ever forget what 2m looks like, imagine taking two long strides, or visualising the height of your front door!

• Wash your hands regularly (and thoroughly) and avoid touching your face – we’ve all got the dry hands to prove it, but this remains one of the most important pieces of guidance right now to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

• Minimise contact with surfaces outside of your home – this can be hard as we touch so many things throughout the day, often without thinking about it. Common things include door handles, lift buttons and ‘stop’ buttons on the bus.

Why not start with an online viewing, if available?

You’ll still need to view the property in person, before being able to proceed with an offer, but it’s a great place to start. Particularly helpful if you’re not entirely sure whether it’s suitable for you, it’s also one less journey you’ll need to make. If you’d still like the view the property, the agent will be pleased to know you’re serious.

Before the viewing

In line with government guidance, anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms should be staying at home, to help prevent further spread of the disease.

To give confidence to all parties present at the viewing that this guidance is being followed, and to help the agent manage the viewing in the most efficient way possible, you should be asked to complete a handful of questions before your viewing such as:

• Has anyone in your household had COVID-19?

• Has anyone in your household displayed COVID-19 symptoms or not yet completed a required period of household self-isolation?

• Are you in the high-risk category?

The current owner, or tenants, of the property you’re going to view will have also completed these questions, as will the agent if they’ll be present on the viewing, so don’t be afraid to check with the agent on this if it’s a concern.

We would also recommend asking the agent as many questions as possible before the viewing, to help save time on the viewing itself.

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