- a time for promises, a time for change and a time to start that next
chapter! A lot of estate agents,
including Nick Tart, find that the property business has a busy flurry over the
four weeks of January with many people deciding that this is the year to move!
January 2017 has been no exception, with properties in the pipeline and several
properties on the market already this month, we are hoping this pattern
it comes to selling properties there are plenty of blogs available on the
internet with top tips for selling. First impressions count, so we have trawled
the internet and talked to our six offices to ask the Nick Tart Team what their
‘Top Tips for Selling in 2017’ are!
1) Neutral colour schemes:
has been shown to be most attractive to those looking to buy a house. This is
because neutral tones brighten up the rooms making them look airy and clean.
The colours also allow potential buyers to picture their furniture in the rooms
rather than spending the entire viewing thinking “how many coats of paint will
it take to go over that green in the kitchen?”!
2) A clutter free home:
the more simplistic a home is the easier it is for applicants to picture
themselves there and work out if it is the house for them. Invest in some
plastic crates…whether they are stored up the loft or under the bed they make a
great and quick solution to putting away that pile of magazines or the kids
toys that are out as the doorbell rings!
a clean home on a viewing is another positive. It makes the potential buyers
realise that the cleaning is manageable and makes the viewing more inviting.
Focus on the carpets, sofas, kitchen and bathrooms. If these areas are spotless
it is inviting and welcoming to visitors. Clean windows are another bonus, they
show a well-maintained home and offer a good first impression.
4) Tidy the garden:
are not saying you need to turn into Monty Don and completely transform your
garden, but keeping any lawn well maintained and weeding pathways to the
property are good ways to keep the garden looking smart and ready for visitors.
5) Curtains and blinds open:
light is a wonderful selling point, so keep those curtains and blinds open to
show the light bouncing around the room. If you have venetian blinds make sure
you give them dust off if they are open (wouldn’t want the light to show you
6) Lamps and Lights:
is a great way to show a room off, whether that means the main ceiling lights
or lamps for atmosphere. Turn them on, make the home look inviting and show the
house off in its best ‘light’.
Heating and fires:
is nothing more inviting than a warm home. Got a viewing tonight? Why don’t you
turn the central heating up a little to take the rooms to an ambient
temperature? Or if you have a fire or wood-burner let the applicants see it in
action! Not only does it show it’s actually working, but it allows you to
create a cosy atmosphere at the property which the potential buyers could
imagine being theirs! Of course, don’t listen to this point if it is July and
few of those ‘I’ll do that in the New Year’ jobs:
promising to re-grout the bathroom for three years? That scratch on the wall
that you were going to look at during the August bank holiday 2008? Put aside a
weekend and make a list. The more finished a home looks with fresh paintwork,
grouting and flooring, the more attractive it is to potential buyers who just
want to move in!
Leaving Pets with The Neighbour:
lot of homeowners have pets these days, but it is probably best from a selling
perspective for the pets to be with the neighbour and all traces of them tidied
away for the purposes of viewings. For those who have pets they will want to
picture their own pet dog or cat in the property but you never know if a
potential applicant has an allergy to fur therefore, the most attractive
property is one which doesn’t make the potential buyers sneeze!
a drive-way or parking space at the property? Leave it for the viewers. It is a
nice personal touch of them and allows them to imagine pulling on to the
drive-way day in and day out as the new owners of the property!
10 little tips and you’ve got yourself a highly attractive property! If this
blog has inspired you to try your property on the market this New Year, why
don’t you contact your local Nick Tart branch? With branches in Albrighton,
Bridgnorth, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock, Telford and Tettenhall we cover a
large area within Shropshire and the West Midlands. Contact us today and speak
to our team about the financial deals we can offer you to sell your home with