Top tips for moving house
PUBLISHED: 16:36 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 22 March 2016
Phaedra Howard from Savills Chelmsford's residential team helps you get your home in top condition for the property market
Improve to move
Spring is traditionally a good time to sell your property, and with more properties coming to the market, here are a few simple improvements that can be made to your property to increase the chances of a successful move. Whether it’s with price or presentation, there are some little details that can make all the difference.
Preparing the house for sale is essential. There is no need to redecorate throughout, a new buyer is likely to do that anyway, but you need to show the house has been well maintained. Identify the purpose of all the rooms and show off what they could be. If you have a spare bedroom that’s currently used for storage, sort through it and ensure your buyers see it presented as a bedroom. This will add to the perceived space and usability for your home.
Before a viewing, make sure the home is nice and warm. Homeowners with working fireplaces and ranges can really show them off to good effect at this time of year and you can be sure that a warm and welcoming home that’s got that well-loved feel will see a quicker sale.
When it comes to viewings, don’t go over the top with fresh coffee and baking bread, but do make sure the house is de-cluttered. However, remember it is still a home to be lived in.
Choose your agent wisely, don’t just go for the highest valuation and the lowest fee – it may not necessarily be the best or right one. It is important that you get on with your agent and that they can demonstrate good market knowledge and a proven track record in selling similar houses.
For the perfect example of a well presented property that is ready for the property market, take a look at Nightingale House in Woodham Mortimer near Maldon. It is on the market for £800,000 with Savills in Chelmsford (March 2016). Call 01245 293295 for more details.
Show your home to be well maintained and cared for. There’s no need to completely redecorate, but make sure things look neat and tidy.
Think about the outside as well as inside. Ensure grass is cut and the garden is well kept with pathways and driveways cleared and freshly gravelled. This creates a favourable first and last impression.
Pick the right estate agent for you. Find someone you can trust and that you get on with well, rather than the one that gives you the highest price and the lowest fee.
Leave cluttered and messy areas. Having the right amount of storage is a key consideration for buyers, so show your home has the room it needs.
Miss the opportunity to show off your space. Although you may be thinking about putting away tables, chairs and benches, if you are selling your home it’s worth leaving them outside so that buyers can see the space in action. If you do this, though, make sure you keep them scrubbed and clean.
Phaedra Howard is a member of Savills Chelmsford’s residential team. She grew up on the east coast and has been selling houses in Essex for 14 years. Phaedra joined Savills in 2005 and specialises in prime property in the city and surrounding villages.