Tips for sellers
If you’re looking for a quick sale of your Notting Hill or Kensington property, working with an agent who is well acquainted with the local property market will work immensely in your favour.
There are things you can do yourself to get your property ready for sale. This may involve you relinquishing some of your attachment to the property and putting yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes.
Top tips to impress potential buyers
- Keep the entrance to your property clean, tidy and welcoming – Create great ‘kerb-appeal’ by sprucing up the front of the property. A freshly painted front door is a good idea, as is a plant pot filled with flowers.
- Create a welcoming ambiance with the right aroma – We all know the cliché about freshly brewed coffee welcoming prospective buyers into a property. While you don’t have to go that far, do ensure that there is a pleasant smell in the air rather than stuffiness or mustiness.
- Shine the light on your property with good lighting – flood each room with as much natural light as possible by opening curtains and blinds. If this is not possible, ensure rooms are nicely lit with lamps and overhead lights.
- Invite people to sit back and take it all in – give your buyers somewhere comfortable to sit and relax. They say that if a buyer sits down in a property then they’re at ease with the place!
- Check everything is ‘spick and span’ – take some time to walk around the property to see where small improvements and repairs need to be undertaken. Attend to these issues before viewings commence. Peeling paint and damp stains can be used by prospective buyers as an excuse to reduce your asking price.
- Brighten up rooms – add a splash of colour to dull spaces with bunches of flowers (sunflowers are great for adding a feeling of cheeriness to a room) and healthy-looking plants.
- Love the outdoors – extend your attention to the outside space (if you have one). Ensure the area is neat and tidy, remove weeds and remove any dead plants. Think about adding outside lights to brighten up the space.
- Provide a warm welcome – on cold days, great a welcoming environment for prospective buyers with a lit fire. Or turn up the setting on your radiators to make your property feel warm and welcoming.
- Bring the property to life – if your property is vacant, it can feel sterile and cold. This will make it a lot harder to sell. Give it a ‘lived in’ by dressing the rooms with furniture that is suitable for the space.
- Keep it simple – if you rent out your property we recommend the tenants leave before you put it on the market. This will allow you to spruce up the property and avoid any access problems.