Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brush Up on Your Manners If You Want to Sell Your Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brush Up on Your Manners If You Want to Sell Your Home

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Byline: Vicky Robson

HOMEOWNERS hoping for a quick sale this autumn should remain polite and positive as they show buyers around, a new survey suggests.

According to a study of new and potential homeowners, the personality of the person selling the property can be crucial when it comes to choosing a property. One in three (35%) said a friendly seller made a difference, while one in four (26%) said a grumpy owner would put them off.

A neat, well-kept garden was voted by buyers as the aspect of a property most likely to appeal, with cleanliness, new decor and fresh flowers also high on the list.

Chris Stononck of Your Move Chris Stonock said: "I have never known a buyer come back and say they are not buying the property because they did not like the seller. However, there's no question that the attitude of a seller can make a difference because the buyer is looking to replace the seller and if they see a lifestyle they aspire to, it can make a difference.

"Never underestimate the impact of outside space particularly if you are selling in the summer months. If you have a garden make sure it is tidy and the grass is cut.

"A neglected garden gives the message that the seller does not value the outside space so neither will the buyer and you will lose the benefit of one of the key advantages of the property.

"For most people there home is the biggest financial asset they own so taking the time to present it well is important.

"Small changes can make a big difference so make sure you get the property looking as well as you can without incurring huge expenditure and you are likely to sell it quicker at a better price. As the old saying goes, the more you put in the more you get out."

Mould, smells, clutter and too many pets were among the top factors most likely to put potential buyers off.

Mr Stonock added: "If you want to maximise the chances of selling your property, there are a number of steps you can take which will make the property more appealing and hopefully achieve a better price. …

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