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If your property has been on the market for some time and no one is making an offer it could be an option to bring in one of the many “house doctor” services that are springing up at the moment – driven by the slowing market. These companies concentrate, not just on sprucing the place up, but on selling a lifestyle to the potential buyer. At almost one percent of the selling price, their talents don’t come cheap, but it may be money well spent if your home has been on the market for some time. The experts do give a bit of freebie advice though on what to do if your dwelling simply isn’t shifting:
An estate agent will tell you to have a rethink on the price. If the price is too high, there will be a lot of footfall but no offers. To get the price right choose three of the most active agents in your area (the ones that set the price precedents) and instruct them to value your property in an honest and realistic way. You can then apply a margin of increase to these figures, depending on how quickly you need to sell.
Everyone knows how important first impressions are, so curb appeal is vital when selling houses. When the house goes on the market its time to cut the lawn, trim the hedges, weed the flower beds and generally spruce up the front garden. The old favourite “house doctor” advice is decluttering. Get one of your friends in to advise you on this – someone who’s eyes aren’t clouded by the mist of familiarity.
Don’t put the junk in cupboards though - potential buyers will want to open them to see how much storage space is available. Stage bedrooms using attractive bedspreads and move out spare furniture. Don’t make them look too barren though because they can look surprisingly small when empty and potential buyers will be left wondering how to use them. Define the areas in the house by staging them for the purpose that they should be used. For example, a spare bedroom is just that – not a store room.
On a final note – be patient. The time taken to sell properties has increased; Hometrack put the current figure at eight and a half weeks.