AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011 - (Page 60)
10 tricks to sell your home… fast
Despite a near static property market, you can make selling a breeze instead of a waiting game
hile making a big profit on your home was practically guaranteed a few years ago, the housing market these days is much trickier to negotiate. According to HM Revenue & Customs, the number of homeowners finding a buyer has halved over the past five years. In 2010, 885,000 homes were sold in the UK – just over half of the peak sales recorded in 2006 and 2007. But, if you’re set on moving house, don’t let the scare stories put you off. We’ve got 10 tips to help you find a buyer faster.
Don’t forget to advertise what may be a draw card for a certain type of buyer, not just the points that you find most attractive – for example, if you’re in the catchment area of a top-rated school or your local area has just received a government grant. Recent research carried out by estate agents Hamptons International found that London buyers are willing to pay an extra £200,000 for a property near to the capital’s top-10 rated primary schools. Even living near
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a current regeneration zone can make your home more attractive to prospective buyers – when Liverpool was named European Capital of Culture for 2008, which involved a £750m regeneration programme in the city centre, house prices went up an average of 21.9% – almost double the rise of house prices experienced in the rest of the North West. It’s not just being close to a station or shops that make good selling points – adding in good road links or being near to a popular park facility may just be the thing that gets your home snapped up.
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First impressions count, so make sure the exterior of your house is up to scratch, with a shiny front door and a tidy garden. ‘The property needs to look inviting and welcoming,’ says Daniella Aspland, sales manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Bromley office. ‘If a property looks gorgeous from the outside then viewers are already excited about going in and will be more positive.’
‘The majority of people buying properties are moving up the property ladder. This means they are spending more money to gain space and in all likelihood more prestige in terms of the type or style of the house,’ says Lucy Inskip, senior consultant at House Doctor, the experts in getting your house interior looking its best before viewings (www.housedoctor. co.uk). Anything you can do to make your home seem more luxurious and your lifestyle appear more successful can encourage viewers to believe that all this could potentially be theirs if they were to buy your home. ‘Edit your possessions to only show the most expensive brands, your best coats, bags and shoes, upmarket magazines and highbrow papers,’ suggests Lucy. Hide clutter and signs of everyday living – you want the buyer to imagine their life in the house, not be distracted by yours! >
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011
HELLO FROM SARAH
MAKE IT A DATE
PASTE IT UP
TO LET OR NOT TO LET?
KEYS TO THE DOOR
QUEEN OF THE CASTLE
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
BEST OF THE BRIGHTS
STORE IN STYLE
SHAKE IT UP!
NIGHT ON THE TILES
THE TEMPERATURE’S RISING
BURN BABY BURN
KEEP IT IN
DON’T BLAME THE TOOLS
AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011