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How to prepare your property for sale

Published: 02/09/2022

A property needs to stand out in a crowded market to give it the edge over your neighbours. Even if it has a great location, good transport links, spacious rooms and outside space, if it's not presented well, it might not sell as quickly as you'd hoped or for the highest price.

We recommend the following tips to get your property into tiptop condition. First impressions are critical as nine out of ten prospective buyers make up their minds within five minutes of entering the property.

Remember to view it through the eyes of a potential buyer. Does it look: Cozy or Cluttered? Stuffy or Airy? Soulless and stark?

Consider the 'kerb appeal'; you don't want to put buyers off before they've even set foot inside. Does the front door need a lick of paint? Do you need a new doormat?

Make sure the entrance hall feels warm and inviting. Define the rooms and declutter. Consider hanging a mirror or two to give the illusion of space.

A kitchen is the most significant selling point, so make sure it looks its best. Clear the worktops and avoid cooking strong-smelling food before a viewing; brew fresh coffee and bake bread instead.

Tidy bottles and creams in the bathroom and display clean, neatly folded fluffy towels. Make sure it looks luxurious, smells sumptuous, and is inviting.

Walking into a bedroom that someone else vacated an hour or so before can be off-putting... open the windows to freshen it up. A throw can quickly disguise crumpled bed linen.

If you have furry friends, they shouldn't be around while people are viewing your home.

If you've got kids, bribe them to sit quietly colouring at the kitchen table and clear away their toys. Even better still, arrange an away play date.

Give the property a deep clean, and don't forget the windows to make the most of the natural light.

Flowers make a house feel like a home, so place a vase of freshly picked flowers on the table. Plants and window boxes add life.

Consider a few well-placed table lamps rather than pendant lights, especially for evening viewings. The ambiance is vital, so ensure all the light bulbs are glowing to add warmth.

From scuffed skirting boards to stained carpets, you'll be amazed by what potential buyers will notice. If it needs fixing, however small it might be, get it fixed. It also helps to invite a friend to give an honest opinion on what things could be done before conducting viewings.

For more tips on presenting your London property for sale, call our helpful London property team at 020 3137 7877, and they'll be happy to share their extensive knowledge with you.

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