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New Year's Resolutions to Sell Your Property Faster

Monday, 14th January 2013

Categories: Sales Selling Tips

Author: Peter Barry

Selling a property over Christmas is every home seller’s worst nightmare: the upheaval during what’s supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation, finding a removal company that’s open for business, and trying to fit in time with your family in between the madness. But now the holidays are over and it’s time to get back on track and charge full force into your property sale efforts. Now is the perfect time to put your New Year’s resolutions to good use:

Tidy Up After Yourself
You just never know when somebody is going to want to come round and view your house. To save yourself a tidying frenzy in the short hour’s notice you get before the viewing, why not form the habit of tidying up after yourself? The simple act of putting something away as soon as you’re done with it will lead to a tidier home overall, meaning you can relax when you get that phone call and reduce the risk of putting a potential buyer off because of a messy room.

Keep Things Clean
It’s easy to become blind to dirt in your own home: grubby carpets seem the norm, eyes glaze over layers of dust, and you get used to the sight of peculiar stains. Uncleanliness is one of the biggest reasons buyers are put off properties, so do yourself justice and keep your home clean. Commit to cleaning your entire home once a week, whether you think it needs it or not: hoover every room, dust every surface, polish every window. This will ensure your home is clean as can be for every buyer that comes through the door.

Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
Clutter is a huge hindrance to the home seller. While you may think your trinkets and treasures add a certain charm to the place, others may not be so sure. It’s important to allow anyone who views your home to picture themselves living there, which they simply will not be able to do when the rooms are full of your personal memorabilia. Take a good hard look at everything you own and decide whether you truly want to keep it. If not, ditch it. Choose a couple of simple accent pieces to add character to rooms, and hide everything else away in boxes, ready to be taken to your new home.

Look After Your Garden
A garden is often the first impression somebody has of a home, and if yours is an overgrown wilderness it could taint the opinion of any viewers before they even walk through the front door. You don’t need to go overboard and throw bucketloads of cash into the job, but you should take the time to maintain a presentable garden. Keep the lawn neat, trim back any overgrown plants and remove any dead ones, and perhaps plant some cheap and cheerful winter pansies to add a splash of colour.

By forming these simple habits, you’ll boost your chances of making a sale and have a good routine in place to keep your future home looking lovely with minimal effort.

This guest blog was written by our friends at LDG estate agents, the West End specialists. They have a range of commercial and residential property in Fitzrovia, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Marylebone and Soho.

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