5 steps to prepare for the property market in 2020

11th December 2019

According to Real Homes and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, 2020 could see an increase in UK house prices. 


And although this isn’t good news for first-time buyers, it gives homeowners looking to sell in 2020 some hope. Preparing your property for sale during the festive season is a great way to ensure a quick sale - so list it before Boxing Day if you can. But in a busy market, how do you set yourself apart? 


We can help. This month, we’re giving you the 5 steps you need to prepare for the property market in 2020.


Have a good clear-out

Take the time to declutter and, importantly, de-personalise. Essentially, buyers want to see themselves in your home - so put away any personal items that could shatter the illusion.  


Try a fresh coat of paint

Unfortunately, this isn’t a small job - we know. But painting the walls in a nice neutral colour will, again, help a potential buyer visualise themselves living there. It will also make the place feel brighter - and cleaner. Which leads us to our next point...


Hire a professional cleaner

Although you can do this yourself, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to help. Imagine you’re renting the property and looking to get your deposit back. Shower doors, ovens and all those nooks and crannies - you want you’re property looking at its absolute best. 


Give your garden a groom

This can often get neglected - especially in the winter. So remember to mow the lawns - front and back - and pull out those pesky weeds. Give the shed a quick varnish if it’s looking a bit tired and jet-wash the decking or patio. Even small touches like hiding away the bins can make a big difference. Speaking of which...


Don’t forget the little things

Open the windows to freshen the place up and add some flowers around the house. If you’ve got a parking space, then leave it free for your prospective buyers. It’s obviously more convenient but also gives them a flavour of what it’s like to pull up in their new home. Finally, walk through the house like a potential buyer - does anything look out of place?


Trying to sell your property can be a stressful experience. Don’t worry, we’ve got the experience to make it a lot less painful. Need a little more advice before the viewing? Give us a call. We’d be happy to pay a visit to check that everything is ready. And speaking of viewings, we’ll book and attend every appointment ourselves - so you don’t have to. What’s more, we’ll work hard to find the perfect buyer - whilst always negotiating the best price. 


Looking for expert reassurance during the sales process? Get in touch.

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