sold board- print res no number or smudgesYou’ve finally made the heart-wrenching decision to sell your house and have listed it on the market. At Mackenzie Smith we do everything we can to sell your property from newspaper advertising to blogs and social media, contacting our extensive database of applicants to bespoke emails and editorials. However, there are some things that you can do, here are our top tips.

Kerb Appeal

Your kerb is the first point the buyer will see. If it’s below expectations it can affect the buyer’s opinion going into the rest of the house.

First Impressions

A serious buyer will probably visit your home several times during the selling process. However, their first has to be magical to keep them coming back.

Lighting

A lack of lighting can cause a home to seem dull and a little uninviting and also, just using the main overhead light in the centre of the room can seem oppressive. Think about your lighting, placing table and standing lamps in the corners of a room can really make the space brighter and more inviting.

House Viewings

This is a glorified bragging session, where you’re able to show off the best bits of your home. Make sure your home is clean and tidy, if you have a beautiful garden, dress the garden table with drinks and nibbles, in the winter, light the fire, set the scene of how spaces can be used.

Too Personal

A staged home that is chocked full of personal ornaments, photographs etc, doesn’t do too well. Buyer’s want to be able to see this property as their own, not yours. Take this opportunity to de-clutter and even begin your packing, this way you will have an open space for buyers to envisage how the home would work for them.

Cleanliness

An obvious but strangely overlooked point – clean your home, every nook and cranny should be spotless.

Schooling

For buyers with children, they’ll expect decent primary and secondary schools to be nearby so if there are good ones, make sure your agent is aware to mention in the listing.

Pets

Your beloved animal companions may be the apple of your eye, but keep an eye out for hair on the furnishings etc.

Smoking

Evidence of smoking to a non-smoking buyer is enough to turn them away. Open windows and try to refrain from smoking inside to ensure a fresh home.

Photography

The images taken of your home for the listing should show your home at its best. When the agent goes round to photograph, make sure your home is equally spic and span as it is for viewings.

Location

When speaking to out of town buyers, be sure to tell of the excellent local amenities and the positives of your community.

Honesty

Honesty is the best policy. Intentionally leaving out faults within your home that are then discovered is not only dishonest, but illegal.

Agent

Choosing the right agent is key, at Mackenzie Smith we pride ourselves on our accurate valuations, it’s important not to overprice a property as this will deter buyers. We are also experienced negotiators; we understand the importance if swift and concise communication at the pivotal stage. Furthermore, our marketing and outreach is second to none, we work hard and provide a first class service in the sale of your home.

If you would like to discuss the sale of your property, please call your local office.

Ash Vale – 01252 353030

Farnborough – 01252 375999

Fleet – 01252 812121

Hook – 01256 764666

Hartley Wintney – 01252 844015

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