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Prepare your house for sale

Selling and purchasing property is for many one of our biggest considerations. The Chancellor’s current slash in stamp duty for first time buyers is expected to see a welcome encouragement for many and help with movement in the local market. With a large number of properties on the market, those looking to sell must consider how best to make their properties stand out from the crowd. In a buyer’s market, presentation is essential for a successful outcome.

Be objective

Properties are personal. Irrespective of whether you are a selling an investment as a landlord or you are selling your home, objectivity when it comes to the presentation is important for a successful sale. If a property looks stuffy and has dated decor this will impact on your ability to achieve the best possible price.

A lick of paint?

In some cases by spending 0.5% to 1% of the sales price on preparing your property for sale you can achieve a better price and can save thousands. When you are close to a property and are living in to it is easy to overlook the fact that the decor might be looking tired but this is often the first thing that prospective purchasers notice. Repainting the main rooms in a neutral colour is one of the easiest ways to freshen up a space and create a welcome atmosphere and helps people imagine living in your home.

Tempt the senses…

Studies have shown that the smell of a room when you enter it can have an impact on your perception of it and very quickly. With this in mind, airing rooms and buying oil diffusers or burning candles can create a welcoming atmosphere and the minute prospective buyers walk through the door.

Hide the clutter!

Showcase your home to achieve the maximum potential by ensuring that everyday items such as irons/ironing boards/tv controls etc are stored away out of sight. These items can distract prospective purchasers and restrict their ability to see themselves living in a space. Keep as many items organised away. The more homes look like relaxing spaces, the more chance that you will achieve interest, offers and a successful sale.

In some cases investing a small amount of your homes worth into its presentation will not only make the photographs more persuasive but will invite more offers and help you achieve your goal quicker. For more ideas on how to add value, click on If you would like advise on home styling we would love to help, please call us on 01244 313900, visit us on or pop into see us at 18 Grosvenor Street, Chester. We would love to help.