The property market is something most of us dip in and out of. As a result, we probably only have a passing interest outside of times when it comes to buying and selling. When the moment comes we need to get up to speed with the latest developments – devouring information such as this – and remind ourselves of what we need to know.
Yet there are those people who live and breathe the property industry. These experts pick up pearls of wisdom every day that could really help you to understand the best way to sell a property and make the most of your investment. Luckily, most of them share their advice using blogs, books and TV programmes, giving you plenty of information to tap into.
Here are three great lessons to take away from leading property experts and put into use when selling your home:
Phil Spencer: Get yourself some kerb appeal
Property presenter Phil Spencer has explained the importance of your first impression by thinking about your ‘kerb appeal’.
He said: “Chances are that any prospective buyers will explore the area first, so that even before they book viewings they will have seen the outside of your house. This means that the first thing you need to do is ensure you maximise the ‘kerb appeal’ of the property, to attract their interest.”
He said that it’s vital to get flowerbeds and lawns look tidy, and that your windows and doors are given a fresh lick of paint if necessary.
You only get one chance to make that first impression.
Sarah Beeny: Can you fix it?
Fellow presenter Sarah Beeny points out that you can all-too-easily divert attention away from your home by not fixing little issues around the property.
She said: “Got a dripping tap or a cracked tile? These will send the wrong message to potential buyers. From removing grubby sealant to replacing damaged areas of carpet, getting all problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea.”
Henry Pryor: The modern buyer wants modern services
Buying agent and regular BBC commentator Henry Pryor stresses the importance of factors that might not be directly related to your property – and how the modern buyer will want to check on the level of service for facilities beyond water and gas.
He explained: “Broadband connection to the internet is a hot topic at the moment, expect buyers to whip out their mobiles to test your broadband speed. These days people expect to be able to stream movies, surf the net and to be able to work from home in many cases. Check with your provider that you have the latest settings on your router. For broadband speed in your area check out Rightmove’s broadband tool.”
Take these tips on board – make the right first impression, fix any issues around the house and think about things such as broadband – and you’ll boost your chances of a smooth sale.
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