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Top Tips From Your Local Property Experts 

Selling your home can be a stressful experience but it doesn't need to be. This guide has been put together by the team at Greengates to help you maximise the value of your property and reduce the time it spends on the market before a successful sale. 

Sell Your Property With Confidence 

Optimising Returns On The Sale Of Your Home 

Following your valuation, our agent will contact you to arrange a visit to measure up and photograph your property in order to put it on the market. It is essential that your home is looking its best inside and out on this occasion as the photographs taken will be published on several prime property marketing websites and will play a fundamental role in attracting buyers. 

First Impressions 

A prospective buyer's first impressions of your property can make or break a potential sale. Take a good look at the outside of your home and ask yourself if there are any improvements you can make. 
 
Tidying up the garden, cutting an overgrown hedge, a new coat of paint on your front door and a potted flowering plant on a door step or windowsill can make your home much more marketable. 

Clean and Tidy 

Getting rid of any unnecessary clutter inside your house can help potential buyers appreciate the space your property offers and by generally keeping it clean and tidy you will add to the overall allure of your home. 

Household Odours 

This may seem like a minor consideration but nonetheless, it shouldn't be overlooked. A simple household fragrance diffuser discreetly placed in the entrance hall of your home will eliminate cooking odours and enhance your property's appeal. 

Heating 

Whether your house is put on the market in the winter or the summer months, it is important that it is viewed at an agreeable temperature. We want to convince potential buyers that your property will make a comfortable home and this is hard to achieve if it is freezing cold or stiffingly hot. 
 
If the property is already empty, dropping by an hour or so before a visit to put on the heating or to open a window or two (depending on the season) can really help. 

Family Pets 

However much you might love your pet dog, cat or budgerigar, it is important to appreciate that the people viewing your house may not be quite so enthusiastic. 
 
Keeping pets out of the way during visits, and making sure that there are no lingering odours will ensure that your pet doesn't sabotage a successful sale. 

Kitchens and Bathrooms 

Kitchens and bathrooms can prove to be either a major incentive for potential buyers or something of an obstacle. We're not going to suggest that you go to the expense of completely refurbishing your bathroom(s) and kitchen (unless this will have a significant impact on the market value of your property), but a coat of paint and a bit of grouting might just make a world of difference. 
 
Keep surfaces clean and clear and make sure that there are not piles of washing up waiting to be done and that your bins are not overflowing. 

Talk To Your Greengates Agent 

Finally, it is important that you bear in mind that we are here to make the process of selling your home as swift, successful and stress-free as possible. The more information we have about your property, the better able we are to answer the questions of prospective buyers and allay any fears they might have. If there are issues with your house that you would prefer not to draw attention to, it might be a good idea to get them sorted out before putting your property on the makret, or at least to let us know about them. We have built our reputation on integrity and transparency - among vendors and buyers alike - and it is a reputation that we are keen to reserve. 

Your Local Property Experts 

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