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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

How to Sell Your House Quickly Tip



So why do some houses sell faster than others? What should you do for selling a house quickly? Same house, same number of bedrooms, same size garden, same street. The difference? The house down the road is presented properly for a quick sale.
You MUST present your property in the best possible light. That means present it as you would wish to see it for the very first time. Okay, let's start at the first thing a potential buyer will see - the front of the house. Is the gate hanging of the hinges? Is the path/driveway covered in weeds? Does the front door need a lick of paint? Do the windows need cleaning? Whatever the season for fast selling home, there's always stuff to do, so get them done, first impressions count, don't put off your potential buyer before they've even got through the front door!
Next, the hallway - don't answer the door with all the kids cramming at the doorway to see who it is, or the dog barking at the door bell ringing… get rid of them! Harsh I know, but pack them off to your Mothers' or a friendly neighbour for half an hour. So that done you answer the door with a big beaming smile, looking smart/casual and smelling nice... "Hi how are you, nice to meet you, please come in". Wow now that's a welcome. I like this house!
So once in you introduce your new guests to the living room… make sure the TV is turned off, cushions plumped up, carpet hovered, toys and general stuff put away, the room freshly aired and flowers somewhere in the room. The living room, as with all rooms, should be freshly decorated and de-cluttered.
Next move on to the kitchen - the most important room in the house! 99% of the time it is a woman who decides where to buy, so without wanting to be sexist, the kitchen is usually her domain. Get it spotless! All dishes clean and put away, table set, floor clean… show her you have pride in your kitchen, show her it is important to you. Then it will shine for her. The smell of coffee or freshly baked bread or cut flowers always works a treat.
After the kitchen, take them outside to view the back garden - make sure all the toys and bikes are hidden away in the garage or shed, have the grass freshly cut and again all weeds removed, make sure the garden furniture is clean and well presented. And hide any gnomes!
Back in the house take your now excited prospective buyers upstairs, show the master bedroom first with fresh clean linen and curtains open to give as much light as possible. Do the same with the kids rooms and again hide any clutter, take down all the One Direction posters (the potential buyers may like The Wanted) and make sure the bedrooms don't have any lingering smells, or at least not bad ones!
Which leads us directly to the main bathroom - the second most important room in the house (for the female buyer) - the main bathroom should absolutely sparkle with freshness and cleanliness… and remember toilet lid down.
So, some very simple basic tips to help you for a quick house sale quicker than your neighbour. Do these and more if you can and you will soon be shaking hands with you prospective buyer! But remember, don't have the kids turn back up before they've gone!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Give your house a country look for a quick sale


Give your home a country look for a faster sale
Homeowners looking to move out of their current house and want a quick sale to live elsewhere should not rush into putting their abode on the market and consider giving it a new look first.
There is a lot of competition in the housing sector at present and trying to sell house quickly without thinking about how it looks to prospective buyers will only hinder your chances of a fast sale.
Making minor improvements like a lick of paint and repairing any furniture to make the place look less scruffy would be a good start, while you should also get rid of any clutter that might overwhelm viewers and stop them from being able to envision themselves living in your home.
One of the most popular themes among homeowners is a country one, featuring lots of wooden furniture and accessories and a neutral but dainty decor.
Therefore, you may want to rip out any old carpets that are giving the house an unkempt appearance and swap them for solid wood floors, which come in plenty of gorgeous shades and match a rustic interior perfectly.
If you've got a lovely garden, there are lots of ways you can create an authentic and natural feel outside, through the use of a log cabin or some gorgeous plants.
According to garden buildings company Waltons in a post for Nubricks, an outside cabin will go down particularly well with potential buyers who are part of a big family, as children love having a den to play in during the summer and the space also doubles up as somewhere for the adults to relax with a glass of wine in the evening.
The organisation further recommended laying a bed of wildflowers to create a fairytale-like wonderland for kids and placing accessories like a watering can or weathered bench for artistic effect. It's the little things that add up and make a house look and feel special - and doing your best to create a good impression will ensure you sell your home can move out as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Need to sell house quickly? Renovate it!

First impressions matter when it comes to houses, but a little work can make a big difference!

Eastwood Farm, a rundown farmhouse, was transformed into a stylish home modelled on a French ch√Ęteau

Worried your house is looking shabby? Do you require a fast house sale? Well, you should be. Very few things put off buyers more quickly than a property that, however smart inside, is an eyesore from the street. Perhaps the paint is peeling, or the windows are hideous, or the roof slopes at an odd angle. Whatever the problem, the property will lack what is known in the trade as “kerb appeal”. This is the indefinable something that lures buyers in off the street and persuades them to part with their money. 
“Properties with immaculate exteriors tend to sell a property quickly,” says Giles Hannah of London estate agent VanHan. “At the moment the average property in prime central London is taking just seven weeks to sell. But if a property has an exterior that is unattractive, for whatever reason, it can take four or five times longer, particularly if there is no development potential or the property is listed.”
That may sound like simple common sense, but it is surprising how many people miss the obvious point. Home-owners are sensitive souls, quick to take offence. Calling a property ugly is a complete no-no. Even if a house has been built by cowboys, battered by hurricanes or blighted by the erection of a wind farm at the bottom of the garden, you will not find estate agents resorting to the U-word. “Characterful”, “Unprepossessing”, “In need of some attention”, or “Typical of the period” – every euphemism in the lexicon will be used instead. Nobody wants their precious home to be branded an ugly duckling.
Whatever you call them, the point about ugly ducklings, as everyone knows, is that they are prospective swans. “The uglier the property, the greater the potential to improve it,” says Michael Holmes, author of Renovating for Profit and presenter of television shows such as Don’t Move, Improve. “Even in a stagnant property market, it is quite possible to buy a property for £400,000, spend £50,000 on it and sell it for £600,000 12 months later. It is just a question of finding the right property and improving it in a systematic way, getting to the bottom of what makes the property ugly, and then addressing those issues, not wasting money on purely cosmetic improvements.”
So, to change your ugly duckling to a swan, renovate it and sell your home!