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So you have decided to put your property on the market. Follow PrimeLocation's guide to ensure the process goes smoothly and your home is looking its best for viewings.

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  • Want to sell your home, but not sure how to go about it? Or had your home on the market for too long with no sign of it shifting? 

    If you're in a pickle over your property then cast your eye down our extensive list of tips and make sure you're ticking them all off.

    Keep it clean 

    No amount of talking from the agent is going to help sell your house if the place is a tip.

    Even if you are the cleanest, tidiest person in town, the reality is that you are probably going to need to do at least a few things to spruce up your home.

    Make your home really sparkle - especially on the day the photographer turns up (or re-do the photos if they are not up to scratch).

    Have the carpets, sofa covers, oven and windows cleaned and pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, which need to be inviting and hygienic.

    Add fresh folded towels and a few strategically placed plants, so the home doesn't look as if it's had a quick face-lift, but has been much-loved for a long time. 

    De-clutter 

    Even if arranged neatly, a lot of items will make your home not only appear smaller and messier, but can distract your prospective buyers, so they won't notice all the positive qualities your property has to offer.

    The most effective action of all is to clear clutter away entirely, moving unnecessary furniture into the attic, basement or garage.

    Better still, remove it off the property altogether (this could be a time to ask yourself whether you really need it).

    Remember that homebuyers will open everything so if your cupboards look jammed full and buyers are hit by falling shoes when they open the wardrobe, their lasting impression will be one of a lack of storage space.

    Freshen up - flowers can make a difference

    A fresh coat of neutral paint or new tiling can do wonders to smarten a tired looking property, as will putting in matching chrome fittings, a freshly painted door, ironed bed linen and brightening the living room with subtle lighting.

    Strategically placed flowers throughout a home can really make a difference too, because it's not just sight and sounds, but the smell of a house that can help buyers warm to it.

    A little time and effort in preparing your home for selling will help the process be faster and more successful.

    Make your home "anonymous" - don't distract potential buyers

    Whilst we understand that selling your home is a stressful time, it is important to remove emotion from the equation by putting away any personal and symbolic items, such as family photos and souvenirs.

    This allows potential buyers the opportunity to see the property as their potential home, not yours. It also helps them concentrate on the aspects that they should be looking at and cannot change (easily) - not being distracted by your amazing paraphernalia.

    The exterior - first impressions count

    Do as much as you can to ensure that the outside of your property looks clean and tidy.

    Empty or remove bins, tidy communal areas and if you have a garden, your lawn should be freshly cut and cleared of loose leaves and grass cuttings.

    Remember that your front door may start to colour a potential buyer's initial impression before it is even opened.

    The facts - you need to be honest too

    You stand a much better chance of selling your property if you have acknowledged any problems and reflected them in the asking price.

    Forearmed is forewarned. Up front honesty about your property from your first negotiation with a buyer will mean that they will have less reason to reduce their offer price or change their mind later in the proceedings.

    We would also recommend that you ask your agent to give you an honest opinion of anything about your home which is likely to affect its sale.

    You may even find this hurtful initially and you may not agree (perhaps you spent hours painting that hallway bright green), but agents are the experts who make it as easy as possible for you to sell your home.

    Their honest advice is always given with your best interests firmly at heart because they want you to sell too.

    When your agent does complete the particulars, make sure you see them and check them carefully. Have they missed anything? Does the description accurately reflect the character of your home? And do the photographs show the property to its best advantage?

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