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  • 12 Ways to Sell Your Property Fast

    In general terms this will never be as quick as selling direct. However, there are a number of things you can do to help your property sell faster provided you have the time, energy and money.

    1. Make a Good First Impression

    First impressions do count! The first thing potential buyers will see is the outside of your property therefore you need to make sure that your garden is tidy, the grass is cut and that there are no personal things like toys laying around. Make an effort to ensure that buyers have an overall good first impression of your property.

    Fresh coffee and cookies in the kitchen is a nice way of giving your property a homely feel, also burning scented candles will ensure your property has a lovely inviting fragrance.

    2. De-Clutter

    De-clutter, De-clutter, De-clutter!!! When it comes to showing off your property, less is more. Keep in mind; you want the buyer to remember the home and not your collection of seashells. Therefore anything that is unnecessary should be hidden away, including family photos, gadgets etc. De-cluttering is probably the most cost effective improvement you can choose to make to your home.

    3. Clean – Many of us live busy lives but when it comes to selling your property it is well worth you grabbing the duster and the vacuum to get rid of dust mites and smudgy windows. Air fresheners in the house are also a good idea to keep the house smelling clean and fresh. Items like curtains and bedspreads can hold odours, so they should be cleaned if necessary. Closets and cabinets should be organized and neat. It’s really important to present your property in the best possible condition. It could mean the difference between a yes or a no!

    4. Depersonalize Your Property

    Any potential buyer viewing your property will always try and picture themselves living in your property. This means the family photos must come down as well as all your personal stuff. This way, buyers will see your property as an open canvass and it will also make your property look bigger and more spacious.

    5. Kitchens & Bathrooms

    The most important rooms in your property are Kitchens & Bathrooms as they sell properties. A good kitchen means a good property in many people's minds. Therefore clean cooker hoods, ovens, all cupboards and dust build-up on top of the fridge thoroughly and make sure your shower/bath remains mould free.

    6. Gardens

    As mentioned earlier, keeping the garden tidy is very important as you want to give the impression that the garden is easy to maintain. So ensure grass is cut, toys are cleared away and there are no weeds present.

    7. Paint

    Freshen up the interior of your property with a new coat of a neutral paint colour. You want your property to appeal to the widest possible audience. So it’s important that potential buyers are not put off with the bright orange wall colour you chose in the 80's. A neutral colour such as white or magnolia makes space appear larger.

    8. Keep tidy during all viewings

    It’s really important that you keep your property tidy during all viewings. Remember that viewings can be arranged at the very last minute, so keep your property tidy.

    9. Be at your property for all viewings

    Remember that a local Estate Agent will send different members of staff out to your property, and they may not know all the positive points of your property and local area such as shops, schools and knowledge of the neighbourhood as well as you do.

    10. Light Up and Brighten Up for Buyers

    Make sure your home has plenty of light by opening curtains and switching on light or lamps. It’s a good idea to have the heating on but not too warm, presenting a cold property is never good. Buy some bright flowers for the entrance or place them in different rooms, and put some clean towels in the bathroom.

    11. Make Some Repairs

    Make the necessary minor repairs like changing a light bulb or fixing a door handle. These small things make a huge overall difference.

    12. Scrutinize Your Home

    Walk around your house with a critical eye and try to find faults. Invite some friends over to do the same.

    Remember should you not have the time to prepare for a quick sale, The London Property Buyers could buy your property direct and take all the pressure away from you. We buy properties in any condition. To discover what we could offer you today, CALL NOW on 0800 879 9889.

  • What Effect Will the New Coalition Government have on the Property Market?

    In a week when history was made with the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats forming the UK’s first coalition government since the War, we look at what effect this will have on the property market.

    The first change regarding the property market is that Home Information Packs (HIPs) will be scrapped. The HIP was a set of compulsory documents that had to be provided by the seller or the seller’s agent when selling a house. The main advantage of HIPs was that there was less chance of buyers becoming aware of surprises at the end of the process. However, despite it being scrapped the government have confirmed that energy certificates that formed part of HIPs will still be a compulsory requirement.

    A concession made by the Conservatives was with regards to Inheritance tax (IHT). The Conservatives were planning to increase the threshold at which you had to pay inheritance tax from estates worth £325,000 to estates worth £1 million. Due to the coalitions commitment to a fixed term in office it is likely that this threshold will remain unchanged until 2015.

    Other significant changes relevant to the property market includes the concession made by the Liberal Democrats over their proposed mansion tax of 1% on properties valued over £2 million to allow the tax free earning threshold to rise to £10,000.

    Overall, there is still an element of uncertainty about the long-term impact of the new government on the property market. Some for example see the plans to increase capital gains tax on non-business gains from 18% to 50% which they fear would weaken demand for property by second home buyers and buy-to-let investors.

    We will be closely following any changes made by the new government and its impact on the property market. Sign up to our RSS Feed to stay informed on any progressions made.