Tips for preparing your property for sale

Written by
Stuart Robinson
February 3, 2016

So, you want to move. Perhaps you have found your perfect home and need to move quickly to ensure that you get it. How can you maximise your chances of getting those all important viewings and offers? This blog post gives you some simple tips for presenting your home and achieving the maximum price.

Before marketing your property assess homes similar to yours in the local area. This is easy to do with portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla. How have similar properties presented and described themselves? What extensions and improvements have neighbours made? Knowing this may help you to entice a potential customer that is looking for precedents in the local area for potential improvements. You may want to consider using an online property valuation tool to get a sense of sold prices in your area.

If you have lived in the property then you are likely to know your local area but how much have you really thought about it? Are you the target market? Are you likely to attract families with small children, what are the local schools like, what is the parking like? Is there good internet and cable connections? Are there good public transport links to commutable towns?

One often overlooked aspect is knowing if people are moving in from out of the area. Zoom995 is an expert in Crawley, Horsham, Brighton and surrounding areas and has seen a huge number of families moving in to the area from London and other cities.

When preparing your home for sale and potential viewings there are a few things that you can do to enhance your chances of achieving a sale at the best possible price.

It may seem obvious, but a good spring clean and declutter is vital and can make all the difference. Complete any outstanding small outstanding jobs, especially if they will appeal to the target market.

Take a look at your home as if you are the buyer, being just as critical. Start outside the property and work your way through making a list of anything that may put off potential buyers

Ensure that your home is odour free and before any viewings it may be a good idea to remove pets and any food/litter trays as this may potentially put off people that do not have pets.

Like a job interview where first impressions count doorstep appeal is vital. The outside of the property should be welcoming. Consider giving your front door a good clean or maybe even a lick of paint and plants always help project a homely image, reflecting a property that has been loved and cared for.

It is often said that the kitchen can make or break a potential sale, especially when targeting families. This should be clean and, where possible, clutter free. The main living areas should feel comfortable and inviting, allowing the potential buyer to envisage themselves in the space. The master bedroom should feel like a retreat and all bedrooms should feel light and have demonstrable good storage. Ensure all window coverings are opened to let in as much natural light as possible. If any areas of your home are dark, then it is worth turning lights on before viewings and arranging furniture to avoid unnecessary negative shadows that make spaces look dark and dingy. Bathrooms should always be tidy and very clean. If there is garden space then it should be inviting. It is a good idea, if you are clearly attracting families with children, to have some indicators of children’s toys if possible. If you have a patio then set up the garden furniture to sell the lifestyle to potential buyers.

It is always a good idea to collate a folder of key documents for your property. This may include any guarantees for work you have had done, an example utility bill, boiler servicing details and local school information. Again, remember to focus this towards your target market. This will show you are serious about hte move and again, reflect an organised mind reflecting a ell looked after home.

After each viewing, speak to your estate agent and listen to any feedback from buyers, adapting where necessary for further viewings. Regular communication is key throughout the process of buying and selling. At Zoom995 we aim to make your move as smooth as possible and will help you every step of the way.

Zoom995 is a unique blend of online and traditional agent. Online estate agents are beginning to gain momentum and trust amongst the general public but there is still no real substitute for local knowledge and brilliant customer service. Zoom995 is a hybrid where you could get traditional expertise with low fees and brilliant support from engagement to completion.

With fees from just £495, Zoom995 will potentially save you thousands of pounds without sacrificing anything the marketing or process of selling your home.

Moving is costly and stressful enough. At Zoom995, we understand that selling a property can be the biggest transaction that most of us make in our lives. That is why we have is designed Zoom995 to make the whole process easy by combining a modern online marketing approach with local expertise and real people on the end of a phone. We have a brilliant, highly trained and knowledgeable team that will take you through every stage of your sale.

We use all the same marketing techniques of any high-street estate agent but for a fraction of the cost. With over 90% of all property searches beginning online, using an online estate agency makes sense but using one that also supports traditional methods will ensure that you get maximum promotion and service too.

Contact Zoom995 today and find out why we have 100% customer feedback . Use our unique property valuation tool and see how you could save.

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