Thursday, 18 January 2018

Small improvements can make big difference

Small improvements can make big difference

YOU only get one chance to make a good first impression with buyers. So making the right choices when improving your home for sale is fundamental.

Making small improvements could really help maximise your sale price.

Antony Gibson, sales director at Romans, says: “Buyers make a decision in the first few minutes when looking at a property, so getting it right first time is important.”

Here, Antony offers suggestions for getting your home prepared for a swift sale:

l Kerb appeal

This is the first impression of the property — you want it to be the best and feel welcoming.

Giving the exterior of the property a facelift will increase the potential kerb appeal and could add value to the property.

Spruce up your entrance area with a defined walkway, and make sure there are no potential hazards. First viewings could happen in the early evenings so double check that the lighting outside works properly.

l Do those minor repairs

The last thing you want is potential buyers noticing broken lights, leaky taps or loose doorknobs. Minor repairs will improve the feel of the house.

l Make the house feel fresh

Pull curtains and open windows for fresh air and use scented candles, reed diffusers or room sprays.

Also use the space in each room appropriately — remove any large items of furniture that do not fit.

Antony adds: “If this already sounds like a lot of work to do before every viewing then you might consider using our Open House service, where you can have all your viewings in one time slot.”

l De-clutter, de-personalise and clean!

Buyers love to have a look around, so there is no place to hide anymore — potential buyers like to check storage, cupboard spaces and under the stairs, so now you need to keep your cupboards tidy too.

l Make the house shine

Clean everything — this includes windows, doors, blinds, outside space, remember to vacuum daily, and remove dust.

l Leave it to estate agents to sell your house

Always talk to a local estate agency first as they can provide you with an up-to-date property valuation and recommend the best way to present your home in order to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

The Henley Standard holds a comprehensive directory of local estate agents and lettings agencies covering Henley and the surrounding area which can be found at www.henleystandard
.co.uk/property/agents.php

l The two-bedroom property in Grove Road, Henley, (pictured) is for sale for £475,000. For more information, call Romans on (01491) 526020.

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