How To Prepare Your Home To Sell in 2013

The property market is still struggling, despite what the ‘experts’ want you to think, so anyone wishing to sell their property in 2013 needs to use every marketing trick in the book if they want to make a good price on their biggest asset. Remember the Three Ps – price, presentation, promotion. Here are a few hints and tips that will help you on your way to that all important sale.

Remember that feeling when you moved into your new home? Excitement, anticipation, joy, the way you felt when you walked through the door and just knew ‘this is it, this is where I want to live’. That’s exactly the feeling you should be aiming to achieve in the prospective buyers who come to view your home if you are hoping for a sale.

As a home stager and property presenter I have seen, first hand, some of the mistakes made when putting homes on the market without first taking a good look at how we are presenting them to fussy buyers.As a home stager and property presenter I have seen, first hand, some of the mistakes made when putting homes on the market without first taking a good look at how we are presenting them to fussy buyers.

Cupboards need to be tidy for a viewing too.

Cupboards need to be tidy for a viewing too.

Here we are, opening our door to strangers and allowing them a peek at our most personal space, every little bit of our lives is suddenly under scrutiny – makes you shudder doesn’t it. But if you are selling up the point is that it should no longer be your personal space. If you want to make that sale then it is important to forget about selling your home and concentrate on selling your property.

Only when you can stand back and look at your property objectively, seeing it with all its beauty, quirks and faults – in other words ‘worts and all’  can you begin the process of getting it presented to show home standard that will have buyers queuing up to view and put in offers.
The selling season will soon begin to crank itself up for the spring sales so it’s time to take a long hard look at your biggest asset and decide what really needs to be done to make it highly saleable.It takes potential buyers just 30 seconds to decide whether to purchase your home or go on to check out your competition. That 30 second first impression is the key to selling your home fast and for the best price above the competition. It’s a fact that well staged homes sell for 30-50% faster than their counterparts.

Instant kerb appeal will bring the buyers inside.

Instant kerb appeal will bring the buyers inside.

That all important kerb appeal – OK you have taken the trouble to declutter, tidy and clean the house ready for the influx of buyers from your estate agent. But wait a minute; buyers tend to spend on average 21 minutes inside the house – but what if they’re not coming inside? Maybe they taking one look at the outside of your home and deciding it’s not for them and driving on. Instant kerb appeal will bring the buyers inside.  Again it’s all down to those first impressions so make sure the kerb appeal of your house is looking its best. Start by giving your door furniture a polish, if you have UPVC make sure it has been washed down and cleaned and tidy the garden by pulling up any weeds or overgrown and dead plants etc.,

Gardens are a real asset when selling your home

Buyers love a garden with privacy

Buyers love a garden with privacy and 80% of buyers are looking for a property with a garden – if you are lucky enough to have outside space it will definitely add massive buyer appeal, if you also have a degree of privacy in the garden you may find you have hit the jackpot.Finally, selling your home takes more than just giving it a clean and a lick of paint. Home staging is not a replacement for an estate agent. It’s a fantastic resource and marketing tool that anyone preparing to sell their home should use before putting it up for sale.

Rhonda specialises in all aspects of property presentation including that all important kerb appeal call me on 07504 416383 to book your consultation to give your property a head start on the competition.


The first step to any interior redesign or home staging problem is to evaluate and be objective.

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