Selling your home? Tips to get you moving in 2014

by Administrator 15. January 2014 15:25


Are you looking to sell your home and move up the property ladder this year?  With lots of new properties heading to the market in January it’s important to make sure your home stands out from the crowd, so we’ve put together some practical presentation tips that could help you sell your home faster.

Follow these simple tips and you could be on the move to a fantastic new home that’s just right for you and your family sooner than you think!

1         Make sure your home has ‘Kerb Appeal’

The best way to make potential buyers feel excited about walking into your home is to make sure that they’re charmed straight away at the front door.

Freshen up the paintwork on the door, and frames around doors and windows and make sure all glazing I spotlessly clean. For UPVC doors and window frames, a spot of Cif cream and a bit of elbow grease can restore a clean, white look. Clear any weeds from pathways and make sure there’s no clutter in the front garden. Even if you don’t have a front garden you can make your doorstep look inviting, green and lush with the addition of a couple of potted plants in decorative containers.

2       Freshen up and de-clutter

Potential buyers will want to see the full potential your home has, so before you arrange photographs and viewings take the time to de-clutter all of the rooms and maximise the appearance of space in the home. In rooms where the paint is getting a little faded or the décor slightly grubby, add a fresh coat for paint for a revitalised look. If there are small DIY jobs to be done, like freshening grout in tiled areas, replacing burned out light bulbs or mending broken fixtures and fittings - now is the time to take care of these. A small investment in time and materials can make a big difference to the impression your home makes on potential buyers.

3       Make your home a blank canvas

House hunters want to be able to picture themselves and their family living in a property, and making your home look like a blank canvas can help them do just that. Paint over bold and bright colours with light and neutral tones to maximise light and make rooms appear clean and light. It’s also a good idea to tidy away personal mementos and family photographs to help viewers picture their own keepsakes in the home.

4       Tell everyone what you love about your home

Is your current home close to a train station and great for commuting? Is there a great play area nearby for the kids? Whatever you really love about your home, make sure everyone else knows it too. If you have great neighbours or a wonderful selection of friendly, local shops, be sure to tell the estate agent and any potential viewers. These little details could be the crucial selling points that net you an offer.

5        Make sure the price is right

Take the time to research house prices in your area, and try to establish how much homes in your area are likely to sell for in the current climate. Property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla are great resources that can help you research the property prices on your street and make sure you set a reasonable price that’s likely to attract a buyer quickly.

6       Get social!

Are you active on social media? Don’t forget to tell your Facebook friends that you’re selling, and share the online listing for your home on your timeline. You never know which of your online friends is looking for a property in your area!

7        Create a viewing day experience

When you welcome viewers into your home, make sure that they feel a warm welcome in the property that could one day be their own. Be approachable and friendly to viewers, and make yourself available for any questions that they have. Little touches can make your viewers feel as welcome as your guests, such as fresh cut flowers in living areas and clean fluffy towels in the bathroom.

Another great tip is to try a bit of baking before viewers arrive. A home-baked treat will not only fill your home with a sweet, inviting scent and make sure viewers associate a happy memory with viewing your home. 

If you have pets, be aware that some house hunters won’t be fond of your furry friends or have allergies that could put them off exploring your home. Even if you have animal lovers visiting they could be so distracted by Fido that they don’t pay any attention to your home. Have a friend or family member watch your pets during viewings, and keep pet bowls, toys and litter trays out of sight.


At Stewart Milne Homes, we understand how keen you are to move in to a beautiful new home, and we have some great ways to help get you moving:

Help to Sell Your Home

When you choose a new home with Stewart Milne Homes, our experts can help you value and advertise your home and even manage the sale through your estate agent; taking some of the stress and hassle away from selling your home.

Part Exchange

With our exclusive Part Exchange plan, we arrange two independent valuations of your home and provide you with a fair market price for your property in as little as 5 days. Once you've accepted, you can then complete the sale hassle free alongside the purchase of your new home.

Get in touch with the Stewart Milne Homes team today and found out how we can help get you moving into your perfect new home.


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