If you’ve followed the guides so far, your home should be ready to do well in the property market.
We’ve covered so far:
… and that’s just about the end of the first stage.
Some leftfield property selling advice …Â
There are one or twoÂ pieces of advice that didn’t fit into these categories. There are alsoÂ a couple of areas where the guides we looked at disagree – mainly about how much you need to de-personalise. There are some intriguing extras, if you’re brave enough to try:
The otherwise sensible Homeowners AllianceÂ recommendsÂ upgrading your plumbing and your white goods,Â whileÂ The MailÂ suggests you park a shiny executive carÂ in the front and for some reason ‘add an integrated sound system‘.
We also uncovered some bizarreÂ selling advice thatÂ was admittedly 5 years old, from Phil SpencerÂ of Location, Location, Location fame. We don’t know what Kirsty Allsopp would have thought about his ’20 Ways To Add Value’ piece, butÂ weÂ don’t think they let him out alone these days!
Suffice to say, if you knock down your interior walls, Â convert your attic, build a conservatory and dig out a basement you will definitely need to add Â to yourÂ selling price to pay for it all!
There’s ‘leftfield’, and then there’s The Mirror
And then there was the tipÂ from The Mirror about picking an estate agent …
We all know that it’s important to use the right estate agent to show people over your property, if you decide to use an agent at all. TheyÂ should be personable, a good listener, keep buyer and seller up-to-date, be realistic when it comes to the negotiations and … according to the Mirror:
“Forget the smell of freshly made bread wafting through the house – you need to find a good looking estate agent to boost your house price”
So we’ve covered the practical preparations to get your home ready, covering guides from property specialists.
Now for the next steps – estate agentsÂ and conveyancing solicitors!
In the next issue: Estate Agents and Conveyancing Solicitors
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