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How To Stage And Photograph Your Home To Sell It Quickly

Last month I met a lovely couple and their young child.  They had decided to move.  Like many other families of their age, they needed more space.  However they had made the fatal mistake of house hunting first which had resulted in them finding a home they loved.  They needed a quick sale.  However they also needed a top price in order to be able to afford their dream property.

Does this situation sound familiar?  If so this weeks top tips are just for you.  This is what we did.  It worked.  Their home is sold……

How to stage and photograph your home to help it sell quickly




Begin by making your rooms look more spacious.  Remove any excess furniture and minimise wherever you can.  In your living areas this may mean tidying shelves, hiding things away in cupboards.  In kitchens it may mean clearing work surfaces.  In bedrooms neaten your bedsides and hide away shoes and clothes in cupboards.  De-cluttering really does work.

Clean and touch up

Look objectively at your home.  Now is the time to really give it a thorough clean.  Make it sparkle and shine.  Touch up any paint work.  If you want a great price your decor needs to be fresh and tidy.  If you find it difficult cutting in, its worth calling a professional in or asking a family member for help!



Accessories are an estate agents best friend.  It works for the show houses so it will work for you.  Think like a hotel and dress your bed.  Invest in statement light fittings for your main living areas.  Plump up cushions in your lounge.  Make sure your home co-ordinates and flows.  It all helps to impress those buyers


Your photos

Make sure your property photos are worth showing off.  Great photos attract buyers to come look.  Poor photos can put them off.  Make sure they are bright and show off the room.  They also need to be honest too, so on viewing days it’s really important your home looks like the photos taken.  Keep them handy for a quick reference point.

Add in a full marketing package and an experienced sales team and your home will also sell quickly for a premium price.  We agreed 34 new sales in September.  Can we help you move?  Call now for your free home move consultation.  At JDG we are here to help!

My name is Michelle Gallagher.  If you are considering moving, please give us a call.  At JDG we are here to help.  Our advice is free.   Call me on 01524 843322 04 01524 409100


4 things we can learn from car sales when it comes to selling your home

Have you seen any of the new reg cars out yet?  I’ve spied 5 so far this month.  All nice and gleaming, their bodywork still shiny.  The owners driving them look so as pleased as punch, excited about their new vehicle.

It’s strange but I always know when my husband ( aka Mr JDG ) is thinking of changing his car.  The car not only gets washed and polished, but the inside is cleaned and the dashboard polished until it shines. It gleams.  He takes it very seriously.  If you get chance, ask him about the time he polished it with a tin of pledge!  Apparently he’s not alone ( except the pledge polish bit ).

According to my friend who works in car sales, many people do this when they are considering a part exchange.  They hope that by doing this, they’ll get a much better deal.  People often have their chips in the alloy wheels fixed and little dents fixed!

It got me thinking.  If we do all of this as standard when it comes to selling our car, why don’t we apply the same principles when it comes to selling our home?

4 things we can learn from the car industry when it comes to seeing your home
Here are 4 great ideas for the car industry that we can learn


Clean and Polish

When we decide to sell our car, we give it a full valet.  Why should we treat a house differently?  Your home is your biggest tax-free asset.  Make sure it is spic and span.  If necessary, steam clean the carpets and wash those windows inside and out.  Polish your fittings ( including your door handles and bathroom taps ) so they shine!  Cleaner houses attract higher offers!

Fix any small problems

From a dripping tap, through to a door that won’t close properly, it’s alway worth fixing those small jobs that you never quite got around too.  Little things like this can make a huge difference to the pice someone will offer on your home.  You’d do it for a car sale to get a few hundred pounds more.  It could add thousands to your house sale!

Make it smell great

New cars always smell great.  Apparently you can now buy new car air freshener!  I’ve never tried it, however I am tempted!  People like the smell of a clean fresh car, whether they are buying new or 2nd hand.  Now apply the same principle to your home.  I’ve written about this before.  The smell of vanilla for example is associated with luxury.  Citrus is fresh whilst Lavender is so relaxing!


Get your Paperwork in order 

One of things the car industry is really great at is making sure their paperwork is order.  Would you  buy a car with no MOT or a missing service history?  How about one with no log book?  By getting your paperwork in order for your home, you can often sell it quicker and for a better price.  You can demonstrate it’s value.  Buyers also feel reassured and more trusting.  Make sure you have any guarantees and certificates for work to hand.

Can we help you move?  Call us for a free home consultation.  At JDG we are here to help.   My name is Michelle Gallagher.   Call us on 01524 843322 or 409100

How important is the internet when searching for your property?

How much do you rely on the internet?  What do you really use it for?  Research?  Communication?  Playing games?  How much internet shopping do you actually really do?

I’m a researcher.  Trust me, I have tried it for shopping.  I even tried online supermarket shopping last week.  It was convenient.  To be fair it arrived on time.  However all my fresh items have such a short shelf life date on them, I simply won’t get chance to eat them.  I also tried ordering from Next online last month. They promise following day delivery.  However after paying, I discovered that my item wasn’t due in stock for another 3 weeks.  It has just arrived and it doesn’t fit.  And please don’t get me started on trying to book a holiday.  I’m now communicating by telephone with a travel agent.  The only thing I seem to be able to successfully order are products where I know exactly what I am getting – in my instance, Bobbi Brown make up! Interesting many of my friends have had the same experiences.  So how does this tie in with the property market?  Are we really all internet shoppers?

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Back to School? Learn how to make sure you have your property basics right!

September is here and the kids are back at school.  The summer holidays are over and normal family routines resume.  People are back at work and the whole city feels busier as the students return.  It’s a different time of year.

People attentions move back to moving home, the thoughts being they can be moved by Christmas.  If you’ve been trying to sell for a while, don’t despair.  September could be your month.  Just make sure you follow our back to school selling basics….

Property selling tips Lancaster

Clear Photos

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What if your home could take a selfie? How would it look?

Did you know? The word “selfie” is now in the Oxford dictionary.  It is was chosen as the word of the year in 2013.  At first it was thought selfie taking was a craze, however as I write from holiday, it seems to be a craze which is not destined to go away!

What if your home could take a selfie......
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What is home staging?

Have you ever wondered what home staging actually is?  A few people get nervous about it, thinking we are going to ask them to refurbish their home for sale. We are not!

Put simply, home staging is simply preparing your house for sale.  The purpose behind it is to make your home is as appealing as possible to the widest number of buyers with the aim of getting a quicker sale and a better price in the process.  Home staging takes into consideration the flow of your home, your furniture arrangement and looks at eliminating clutter so your home looks brighter and more spacious.



Mich home staging



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How smells can influence the selling success of your home

Have you ever heard of scent marketing?  In case you didn’t know it is a technique used by many businesses in order to help influence a buyer / client’s mood.  Smell is thought to be the most powerful sense we have.   A smell can affect how we feel.  Research has found scent can add to a buyer’s perception of a product’s value.

This week I wanted to look at how the right smell can positively influence your home sale and how wrong the smell can easily put buyers off!

The sweet smell of selling success

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4 tips to set the correct asking price for your Lancaster or Morecambe property

When it comes to selling your home, one of the most difficult decisions a homeowner has to make is how to price their home for sale.  What pricing strategy should you adopt?  Who’s advice should you take?  If your price your home too high, you run the risk of buyers not looking.  Price it too low and you might end wondering, could I have achieved more?  Does this sound familiar?

At JDG it is our job to advice you on how to get the best price for your property.  Different factors are taken into account and these can differ dependent on the current market conditions.  However in order to make it easier for you to understand we have broken it up in to 4 useful handy tips!

4 to help you set the correct asking price for your property

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Beware of the Estate Agents Contract

When you choose to sell your home with an estate agent, you will be asked to sign a contract.  This is not unusual.  It is standard in our industry.  After all, you need to have an agreement in writing with your estate agent so you are both clear over the marketing price and also the agreed fee you will be paying at the end.  However what is not so clear to many property sellers is the exclusive term your estate agent may be holding you too.  Are you aware of this?  Have you read your contract?

Beware of the Estate Agents Contract



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