Tips for Sellers
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING
First impressions do count. From the time the prospective buyers arrive they should notice that the gardens and lawns are well presented.
A TIDY HOUSE SAYS “WELCOME”
Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections and try to clear out any “clutter”.
REPAIRS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking doors and windows, running toilets, loose door knobs, holes in walls are all noticed and can have an affect on people’s opinions.
LETTING THE SUNSHINE IN
Let plenty of light into your home. Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness.
MAKE THEM COMFORTABLE
A warm, comfortably heated home on cold days adds a feeling of cosiness. You could go as far as lighting some incense to give the house a nice aroma.
INSPECTIONS: DON’T CROWD YOUR BUYERS
Avoid having too many people present during inspections, and try not to follow potential buyers around, a little space for reflection or private discussion is generally appreciated.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Be courteous and available for questions but try not to force conversation with a potential buyer. The prospective purchaser wants to inspect your home-not pay a social call.
As a general rule it is advisable to turn off radio and television sets during inspections, as they can be very distracting.
DON’T POINT OUT THE OBVIOUS
Don’t apologise for the appearance or condition of your home (this does nothing but emphasise the faults).
WORKING WITH YOUR AGENT
You and your agent should always work as a team. If you feel your agent has overlooked some important selling points, feel free to discuss them privately.