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How to get the best price for your home

by Michelle Wilden,  Director

Do you want the best price for your home?

Most people when selling their home want the best price for their property.  It’s a fact.  It’s also human nature.  I hear people’s various reasons for wanting the most for their home from clearing debt’s,  needing £x to move on or their explanation of just how much they spent on it and basically they want to recoup as much as possible.

I listen.  I look around their home.  I advise.  I’d like to share my advise with you. This blog was inspired from being asked this question yesterday

What’s a property worth?

A property is truly worth what will someone pay for it.  Buyers are still savvy. They can research online and see exactly what your neighbours home sold for.  Unless you have extended your property or are rather different,  a buyer will compare you to this.   Buyers will also compare you to other properties for sale.  To maximise your home’s value,  you need to make it more desirable.  It needs to stand out.

Making your home more desirable

Take a look at your home.  How can you make it more desirable?

Sparkling windows and a well painted door add to the kerb appeal of this home.

Sparkling windows and a well painted door add to the kerb appeal of this home.

Kerb Appeal

The first step has to be the kerb appeal.  I have blogged on this before.  Stand back from your front door and look at your house.  What do you see?  Dead plants in your winter garden?  An overgrown hedge that needs trimming back?  Even if your home is straight off the street, there are things you can do.  Why not paint you door?  I often recommend new door furniture.  Dress you entrance.  Often something simple like flowers on windowsill can make all the difference.

This photo is from a two bed terrace we sold.  The owner still needed her books.  We dressed the table to give it a new lease of life!

This photo is from a two bed terrace we sold. The owner still needed her books. We dressed the table to give it a new lease of life!

De-Clutter

We all have clutter.  Clutter which is personal ( think family photo’s,  heirlooms, ornaments etc…).  We have work clutter ( think of the home office full of books and paperwork)  and we have hobby clutter ( thinks art, crafts,  sporting items ).  Clutter needs to go.  It needs to find a new home.  I’m a great believer of boxing up as much as possible now.

Finish odd jobs

If there are jobs that are still needing doing in your home,  fix them before your home goes up for sale.  If you don’t you are giving a buyer a reason to try to knock your home’s value down!  Touch up the paintwork,  clean the carpets too if needed!

I have chosen a normal bathroom.   We advised to dress it with matching towels and accessories.

I have chosen a normal bathroom.
We chose to dress it with matching towels and accessories.

Dress your home for sale

Have you thought about dressing your home for sale?  This is nothing drastic.     I’m talking fresh bedding,  a throw and plump cushions.   Maybe a few pictures on the wall.  A fruit bowl on the kitchen work surface or an open cookbook.  Matching towels in the bathroom and some posh looking bathroom goodies.  A coordinated kitchen,  a welcoming lounge.  Leave side lamps on for viewings.  If you have a fire why not light it?

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Vanilla is the smell of luxury

Smells

Did you know that vanilla is the smell of luxury.  Many high-end retail shops use it to entice customers.  Why not purchase a vanilla plug-in.  Give your home that smell of luxury too!

Basically what I am trying to say, is to get the price for your home,  you need to look and offer the best within your direct competition.  This can easily be achieved by just following a few simple tips.

Houses which achieve the best price,  generally are the ones that sell the quickest!  After all,  people see them and want them!  We have just sold a new listing in North Lancaster in 24 hours.  Want to know how?  Call and find out!

If you have any questions about how to get the best price for your home,  please give me a call.  My name is Michelle and I have been selling homes in Lancaster for 13 years.  Call me on 01524 843322

 

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