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Preparing your home for sale
First impressions count

Make sure the entrance way and area outside of the front of your property are in tip top condition. Give your front door a new coat of paint and if you have a front garden, mow the lawns and get flowerbeds looking tidy by planting bright flowering plants.

Take care of DIY jobs

Fix broken tiles, leaky taps and any other jobs that could put potential buyers off. They probably won’t notice that it’s working but chances are if it’s broken, they will notice. If you don’t have the skills or time to fix it yourself, take a look at sites like Rated People or Trust a Trader to find a tradesperson to do it for you.

Get rid of clutter

Clear the kitchen counter, put away family photos and fridge magnets. Pack away all the stuff that you don’t use every day. Clutter makes a space feel small and makes it look like the property lacks storage.  Removing personal items will help potential buyers imagine living there.

Freshen up

It seems obvious but your home should be spotless. If you need to, get in professional cleaners to make every room from top to bottom gleam. Make sure rooms like bathrooms and kitchens are immaculate. Bleach any mouldy bathrooms corners.

A little lick of paint

If your painted walls are a bit grubby with finger marks and scuffs try using sugar soap to wash them down. It’s cheaper and quicker than painting. But if they need it, give interior walls a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour to help the property feel clean, new and fresh.

Finishing touches

A strategically placed vase of flowers or houseplant can make a difference. Fresh towels in the bathroom, clean tea towels in the kitchen and ironed bedding will all help give the right impression.

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