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It’s not too late to sell your home before Christmas

September 8th 2016
By: Melanie
It’s not too late to sell your home before Christmas

It’s lovely to be enjoying our seemingly endless summer, with temperatures hitting record highs for September, but unfortunately Autumn will be soon upon us and with only 109 days until Christmas if you want to be in your new home before this year’s festivities you will need start preparing to move, as September is a really popular month for buyers looking to move.

If you are thinking of moving this Autumn the first thing you will need to do is to get a valuation of your home, with Intercounty’s new instant valuation tool you can find out how much your home is worth within minutes, just follow this link to find out more https://www.intercounty.co.uk/online-valuation/online-sales-valuation

Once you have done this you will need to choose an estate agent to market your home, the best type of estate agents are those who are local to the areas they work in, like Intercounty, as they will have their fingers on the pulse when it house prices in your area – because if you don’t get the price right first time there could be a danger that your property could stay on the market for months. Buyers are savvy and they will soon know if your property is overpriced.

The next thing to do is to make sure that your house is ready for a sale, unless you reflect any unfinished jobs in the price of your property, a buyer will expect to move into your home without having to do much work. Make sure the paintwork is in good condition, it doesn’t take much money or time to give rooms a coat of fresh paint, and it could make all the difference.  If you have any damp problems in your home, make sure you address these as well as any half finished DIY projects.

‘Curb appeal’ – it’s one of the key factors to get spot on when you are selling your home.  A potential buyer will usually know within the first few minutes of a viewing if they want to buy your home, so if the exterior is shabby this could result in the loss of a sale. To improve your home’s external appearance, make sure you have colourful planted pots, have attend to any flaky paintwork, making sure drives and pathways are neat and weeded, if you have a grassy area make sure you trim the boarders, hide away any unsightly bins and lastly make your home looks welcoming.

Stage your homes for a visit – bake bread, if it’s cold light the open fire (if you have one), turn on the outside light to welcome your visitors, make sure your home feels warm, get rid of any pet odors, buy some fresh cut flowers, tidy and store away any items that make your home feel cluttered and turn on all the lights, if you do a viewing in the day time make sure your curtains are completely open and the windows are clean, allowing the optimum amount of light to enter your home.

If you would like any more help and advice on making your home fit for a pre-Christmas sale why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty or call our team on: 01279 655248.