Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simple Steps to Help Sell Your Property

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simple Steps to Help Sell Your Property

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Before taking any action on the interior of a home, the first issue to be addressed by any seller is to identify the market to which they are trying to appeal.

Families, sophisticated city executives or first-time buyers all have very different ideas of what they are looking for in a home.

But there are a few rules that stand no matter what your target market.

The first, and possibly the most important, rule of thumb in preparing a property for sale is to de-personalise the space.

Your ideal decor may not suit all tastes and neutral, yet warm colours, are well-advised in most rooms.

Not only does a neutral colour scheme better allow a potential buyer to imagine their own belongings in the home, but a lick of white or cream paint has the advantage of creating an illusion of space.

Never underestimate the selling power of natural light.

Homes with an abundance of natural light sell faster than those without. Make sure windows are spotless and draw back curtains to expose the entire window.

Reflect light with mirrors near the light source and ensure any light-reflecting surfaces, such as the television screen, are also clean.

As many viewings take place in the evening, use well-placed lamps to create a soft, warm light and use uplighters to wash the walls in light.

Investing in lighting may seem like an extravagance, but don't forget you can take the fixtures with you when you move.

Never expect your buyer to see through your clutter.

To increase saleability, get rid of everything that is not needed.

Depending on how many belongings you have, this may mean a small investment in storage to house your excess furniture.

It is important to remember that many buyers are allergic to dogs and cats. You may want to think about giving the family pets a holiday when your house goes on the market. …

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