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Once you have decided to sell your property, it is time to get it pristine and presentable for those prospective buyers. There are range of small and simple measures you can take to ensure buyers will be impressed by your photos and at any viewings.

To achieve the best price sale for your property, it must be well presented and free from blemishes, no matter how cosmetic. However, before you bite the bullet and start spending on renovation, make sure you calculate the maximum potential value of your property. It makes no sense to spend more on repairs than the amount it will add to your final sale price. Do your research and liaise with your agent to work out asking prices for similar properties.

These eight tips are quite economical and a good place to start making improvements

  • The devil is in the detail: finish off those small DIY jobs you have been putting off. Touch-up chipped woodwork or plaster and replacing washers on dripping taps can make a world of difference and is very easy to do.
  • Inside and out: remember, the entry to your property is both the first and last thing a prospective buyer will see. Make sure your the journey in (and out) is as pleasant as possible, this means well-kept paths and hallways etc.
  • Keep water problems at bay: check your roof and guttering, replace broken tiles. It’s always worth having a look at any drains too. A drain cleared before a blockage occurs is easier on the nose and the wallet!
  • Add a fresh lick of paint: A paint job can make a property looking good as new. Paint walls a pale, plain shade gives the impression of light and space which enables buyers to imagine their possessions in the property. Many buyers prefer natural, earthy colours to bright, bold shades. Although there’s a wide range of paint colours available and magnolia is often a common choice.
  • De-personalise: remove personal items such as family photographs and children’s drawings as they may distract potential buyers. Buyers want to see the property, not the owner’s possessions. No-one likes clutter!
  • Flowers and fruit: flowers and a bowl of fruit will brighten up any room and provide a pleasant smell.
  • Rejuvenate your bathroom: add a fresh green leafy plant, new taps, shower curtain and a light pull. These are all relatively inexpensive and can make a world of difference.
  • Bring fitted kitchen units back to life: simply replace or paint and varnish the doors. If the units are looking dated, you can replace doorknobs, handles and taps. Adding good solid worktops on to existing units is also a good idea.

These are all great ways to attract buyers without breaking the bank, so if you end up with a little money left over you could always try this…

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