10 Tips To Sell Your Home

Trying to sell a flat in Bournemouth? Terry’s Fabrics conducted a survey to find out what makes UK buyers receptive to purchasing a new pad, and asked for some expert advice on what help you sell a flat in Bournemouth in no time.

The poll found that:

  • 48 per cent of prospective buyers are looking for a property that is a ‘blank canvas’ that they can project their ideal home onto.
  • 47 per cent of Brits surveyed wouldn’t consider getting a professional survey before selling their home.
  • 57 per cent of respondents would prefer to be shown around by a professional letting agent.

It’s not just the buyers having a tough time, 64 per cent said that they view the process of selling a house negatively – describing it as ‘stressful’ and ‘difficult’.

Top 10 tips:

  1. Declutter (but don’t depersonalise) – Keep a few personal touches to create a homely feel but aim for a minimalist approach. Studies find that cluttered bedrooms can knock up to £10,000 from a home’s value.
  2. Freshen up your paintwork – Homes with neutral colour tones are much more likely to draw in buyers as they’re able to project their own style. Studies have shown that using the right colour can add thousands to the property’s value.
  3. Fix & clean everything – Chips in mouldings, hairline cracks and dusty surfaces can drastically alter a potential buyer’s opinion of the property.
  4. Brighten up the space – Ensure windows aren’t obstructed and are thoroughly cleaned before a viewing. Mirrors are also a great way to open up a room and distribute light, consider adding some to key rooms (i.e kitchen, living room) if you haven’t already.
  5. Don’t neglect the exterior – First impressions are crucial – undertake some basic landscaping and repainting/cleaning entry doors to make potential buyers feel welcome before they even set foot in the home. Increased kerb appeal can raise your property’s value by up to £55,000.
  6. Get a survey to help identify issues – No matter how thoroughly you check everything in your home pre-sale there w
  7. ill always be something you miss. To avoid any awkward conversations when the offers start coming in, hire a private surveyor to check your property and address any issues they identify.
  8. Hide your pets – Ship off your pet to a friend or relative’s for viewings, taking extra care to remove accessories and any associated smells. A survey of home buyers showed that up to 40% saw pets as a deal breaker.
  9. The kitchen is the heart of the home – If yours is starting to look tired, consider taking steps to remedy this such as changing up your cabinet doors and applying a fresh coat of paint as a cost-effective way to give the space a fresher feel.
  10. Don’t leave buyers with a bad smell – Smoking indoors can lead to your property being valued as much as 30% less. Making sure you air out rooms and, for extra impact, use positive smells to your advantage, i.e. fresh coffee or sc
    ented candles.
  11. Leave the viewing to a professional – While you will undoubtedly know your home better than anyone, it’s usually best practice to get a professional to show people around your home. It’s their job to know the right thing to say. Plus, people feel much more comfortable viewing a house when they aren’t under the watchful eye of the current owners.



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