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Things To Do Before You Put Your Property On The Market

Before you put your house on the market, even if you think it is in pristine condition and that you have an idea of the current value, contact an estate agent. The agent may have suggestions for repairs or small improvements that could help you sell your house and could give you a more accurate valuation. Here are some of the things you should do before you put your property on the

1 Maintain your lawn, garden and shrubs. Maybe plant some flowers. If you have a beautiful perennial garden that keeps coming back each spring, take a few photos. These will help prospective buyers to visualise the garden even if you are selling in the winter.

2 Touch up the exterior paint if it’s starting to flake or peel.

3 Have the boiler serviced.

4 Have broken or cracked windows repaired or replaced.

5 Evaluate what your house looks like as you step in through the door. Does it look crowded or cluttered? Does it look like nobody lives there? Can people see past the “you” in the room and see the room itself?

6 Clean every room in the house thoroughly and get rid of the clutter and excess furniture. Have the carpets and curtains cleaned if needed. You could even put things in to storage if you have a lot of stuff. You’ll make the rooms look bigger and brighter.

7 Make small fixes: touch up interior paint, fix drippy taps, etc. If a room really needs it, give it a new coat of paint in a neutral colour. Wash the windows inside and out. Clean the mildew out of your shower and touch up the grout.

8 If you are very busy, line up a cleaning service to come in while your house is on the market so you are always ready for viewings.

9 Have a BER (Building Energy Rating) done. This is required by law BEFORE you put your property on the market so getting in ahead will save hold ups later on. When you have all the above done, you are ready to sell your home. Contact your local, expert estate agency MM Ward Estate Agents and let us take it from there!

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