Thursday, 19 October 2017

Kerb appeal‘s the key to a September sale

Kerb appeal? Is it really that important? If Henley‘s local agents think so, then the answer

Kerb appeal? Is it really that important? If Henley‘s local agents think so, then the answer is a resounding ‘yes‘ — as Philip Booth from Philip Booth Esq explains

IF you are thinking of putting your house on the market this September, with a view to moving before Christmas, then now is the time to get the ball rolling.

There are many points to consider before you put your house on the market, especially if you are looking to make the most of the selling window in September and want achieve a swift sale.

With 95 per cent of buyers searching for property online, first impressions are vitally important to get potential buyers to engage with your property and arrange a viewing.

It may be advantageous for you to consider some internal and external decoration, perhaps paint the front door, de-clutter, tidy the front garden, de-weed the drive.



All these points could enable you to get the best price for your home within your desired timeframe.

Remember, you will not be the only one thinking of selling their home in September. This is a traditionally busy time in the housing market, therefore, you will have stiff competition from some of your neighbours, so it is important to make your home stand out.

Some agents may focus on getting your property on the market as soon as possible, believing the property will find its level. Many will overlook some of these key points, in order that they can hit their targets for listing new instructions. This course of action could ultimately lead to disappointment.

A strategy for selling is extremely important. Decide when you would like to start marketing your home, thinking about when buyers are most likely to be receptive to properties coming on to the market — ie not during school holidays.

Think about lead times for photography. Again, professional property photographers will be booked up leading in to this busy period. Think about when to erect a “For sale“ board and dates for newspaper advert deadlines, so that they coincide with your launch.

Your home is possibly the biggest asset you own, so when you are thinking of selling it some minor changes to the look and feel of the house could make a huge difference — tens of thousands of pounds‘ worth of difference.

If you‘re still not sure, get in touch with local estate agents and ask for tips about how to give potential buyers a great first impression.

For a full list of local agents, go to www.henleystandard.co.uk/ property/agents.php



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