How to achieve the best price for your property

Our Sales Director and Survey Team have given us 10 tips for achieving the best possible price for your home; from a lick of paint, to de-cluttering, each of these ideas could help you to sell your property, and without having to spend a small fortune in the process.

1. First impressions really are essential. If you have a garden, ensure that the gate opens easily, any hedges and lawns are cut and the garden beds are weeded (flowers in bloom, or in winter evergreens are a plus). The driveway should have a good covering of gravel or should be well pointed with no loose flags. Don’t forget that rear garden either; any washing lines, lawn mowers or children’s toys should be put away, and fences need to be in good repair.

2. Give any external doors and paintwork a good clean, if the paint needs touching up, take care to do the best job you can.

3. Some buyers will forgive you for an untidy garden and exterior paintwork, but a good first impression is an absolute must when entering your house. You might want to have the carpets in your hallway and staircases shampooed, or if they’re in dire need, replace them with a new, neutral, carpet.

4. A warm reception. If you’re selling your house in winter, make sure you put the heating on prior to a viewing. If the property is empty then it is worth popping round before any viewings to do the same. At the same time it’s worth making sure any gas fires and central heating systems have been serviced in the last 12 months by a Gas Safe Registered Heating Engineer.

5. De-clutter and tidy. Nothing will distract buyers from your property more than clutter. Clear work surfaces, floors, desks and table tops and where you have lots of trinkets, pack them away. As an extra, give your cushions a good fluff.

6. A light and bright home can really lift a viewer’s mood; make sure you draw back curtains fully and replace any light bulbs that may have blown.

7. Make your home smell good. The old trick of putting on a pot of coffee or baking some bread, does work, and makes your house smell like a true home. At a minimum, make sure there are no pet smells or cooking odours; use a good air freshener and open windows prior to a viewing.

8. A clean sweep! Our last and, possibly the most important, tip for viewings; make sure your house is clean. Pay particular attention to bathrooms and kitchens, replacing any strained grouting, and cleaning sinks, baths, showers, toilets and cookers. People will always look at these areas.

Of course, in addition to presentation, choosing the right agent and marketing for your property is important too.

9. Ensure you choose an agent who offers accompanied viewings, which will be carried out by a trained sales person and viewer. The NAEA tell us that you are twice as likely to get an offer if the agent accompanies the viewing.

10. Interest in your property is at its peak in the first 2-3 weeks of marketing. To maximise interest ensure that the initial photographs and description of your property present it in the best light. Recent studies tell us that 66% of buyers have made up their mind about a property before they have arranged a viewing.

Have these tips already worked for you? Or do you have any more tips and ideas? We'd love to hear from you. Contact with your stories.