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Main office

COLBURN
5 & 6 BAILEY COURT
COLBURN BUSINESS PARK
RICHMOND
NORTH YORKSHIRE
DL9 4QL

01748 897 630

Estate Agency Offices are located in

BARNARD CASTLE, LEYBURN, STOKESLEY & BOROUGHBRIDGE

Residential Management Team

01748 829210

Residential Sales

Tips to help you sell your home!

1. De-clutter and de-personalise

Potential buyers need to imagine themselves living in your home, so remove ornaments, personal photos and posters on walls in children’s bedrooms!  If you don’t use something on a daily basis pop it in the attic or storage.  Large pieces of furniture should also go into storage, helping to make rooms feels bigger.  Keep the hallway clear of clutter – it’s usually the first space people walk into!  Keep the bathroom clear of clutter.  In the kitchen clear surfaces of appliances, books and tins etc and get rid of any smelly bins or dirty tea-towels and don’t leave the washing up in the sink!

2. Freshen up

A fresh coat of paint in neutral colours can smarten up a tired looking property.  You may not want to re-tile bathrooms or kitchens, but re-grouting will help to smarten things up.   If you don’t want to re-decorate, at least make sure the house is clean and tidy – have carpets, ovens and windows cleaned – paying special attention to kitchens and bathrooms

3. Kerb appeal

Get that front door looking spick and span with a fresh coat of paint in a tasteful colour.  Make sure the outside lights work!  Trim and weed any garden/plants to the front.  Make sure any window frames are painted.

4. Lighten up

Make sure lighting is modern, bright and working to make your home appear light and up to date.

5. Pets

Some people love animals, some are allergic to them and some just simply don’t like them!  So make sure they are out of the way on the day of the viewing so viewers aren’t distracted by them.  Tidy away any feeding bowls and litter trays.

6. Gardens

Gardens are important as people look at them as additional rooms.  Your gardens should look like a space for relaxing or entertaining.  Lawns should be cut, borders weeded and pots well maintained.

7. Viewings

First impressions count and you want your property to appeal to as many people as possible.  So make sure your home is warm, inviting and tidy.  Make sure the pets are somewhere else that day, air the house and turn on lights and heating, light a fire if you have one.  If you have parking make sure there is space for the people viewing to park – it creates a good impression.

8. Photography

Attractive photography is a must for your property particulars to make sure people see your home at its best, particularly as so many people now are looking at properties on the internet.  So when your agent comes to put the property on the market make sure lights are on, clutter has been tidied away, de-personalise by removing personal photographs, tidy all surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms, make the beds and put the washing away!  Don’t forget about the garden – make sure it is looking it’s best and finally don’t forget that front door!

9. Price

Be realistic about the price!  Have a look at what property is for sale in your street, town or village that is similar to yours and see what price it is being marketed at.  This will give you a good indicator of what yours might be worth!

10. Choosing the best buyer

The buyer who offers the highest price isn’t always the best choice.  Listen to your agent’s advice on buyers.  A good agent will have found out as much as possible about the buyers situation and circumstances.  How are they financing the purchase? Cash buyers are best, but if they are raising a mortgage ask to see a mortgage ‘in principle’ letter from their lender. Are they first-time buyers?  Do they have a related transaction? If they have something to sell, then it should be under offer before you take your property off the market.  Find out about any onward chains that could complicate agreeing completion dates further down the line.

11. Choose the right agent

Choose an agent with an intimate local knowledge of the area and who is experienced in selling a wide range of properties and who can offer you additional professional services!

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