Property tips for selling

If there’s one thing we know, it’s how to get homeowners in the best possible position to sell their home.

Here are our Top 10 Tips when it comes to selling your property.

1. Make sure the price is right

Too high and you risk excluding potential buyers. Equally, a buyer will always want to negotiate down so if it is too low then you risk selling for less than you would have liked. At Seymours, each of the owners who will be guiding your through the sales process have the knowledge and experience to ensure that the price is right from the outset.

2. Keep it clean (and tidy)

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure the first impression counts. Make sure your property it as tidy as it can possibly be prior to each viewing. Prospective buyers are also hugely put off by dirt, so make sure it’s spotless, too.

3. Come out smelling of roses

Perhaps not literally, but you don’t want to put potential buyers off with unusual household smells. There is a lot to be said for keeping your property fresh and odour-free, so make sure there’s nothing that could cloud a buyer’s judgement (or their noses).

4. Poor DIY or building work

We’ve all tried to fix the drains or tackle jobs around the house. If you can do it, great. If not, then unfortunately bad DIY work stands out like a sore thumb and can really deter buyers. If there is something that needs putting right then we would recommend that you do so prior to the first viewing. After all, a short-term investment can lead to a long-term gain.

5. Colour can be a red rag to a bull

Colour preference is subjective, so set the tone right and make it as easy as possible for the prospective buyer to visualise how the property could look by using neutral tones. Avoid rich, dark colours at all costs.

6. A poor entrance can make for a quick exit

Entrance halls are more often than not the gateway to the rest of the property. Get the look right and you can set a good tone from the outset. Get it wrong and you could put someone off before they’ve got both feet in the door. Our tip: make sure your entrance hall is light, airy and painted in neutral colours.

7. A dog isn’t always a man’s best friend

In our experience, pets often polarise viewers’ opinions. On one hand, those who aren’t pet-lovers might be out off by the presence of an animal. On the other, pet lovers will end up giving their attention to the pet – and not your property. It isn’t worth the gamble either way so make sure that they’re out of sight and out of mind.

8. Don’t lead a potential buyer down the garden path…

…if the garden’s a mess. Giving your garden a spruce up can really transform the exterior of a property. Getting a gardener in to tidy up, weed and get your lawn in tip-top condition could be the best investment you make.

9. Be flexible

Making sure that your house is easy to view is common sense – but something that is often overlooked. Selling your property can be time-intensive, however it’s something that you need to commit to in order to help the process along. As a result, you may need to be available or be willing to get your property in shape at short notice. Just remember, it’s only short-term and each viewing is one step closer to your next property.

10. Choose the right estate agent

Just like people, every estate agent is different. We’d like to think that with over two decades of experience in selling properties throughout Surrey, we know what works and what doesn’t. Either way, you need to be comfortable that you’ve made the right choice. Get in touch to find out how we can help make your next move as seamless as possible.