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What to improve before you put your house on the market

4th June 2018

When you make that all-important decision to place your property on the market, you’ll naturally then want to make sure it sells as swiftly as possible, for the best price. Certain factors in the process are completely out of your control – such as market influences, property demand and the quality of nearby amenities and schools. But the factors that are in your control can have a significantly positive or negative effect on the impression buyers have when they view your home. Here we share five of the most powerful things you can improve before your house goes on the market to maximise your chances of selling at the best price without delay.

Make your first impression one to remember

As buyers approach your property they’ll get a first impression they won’t forget in a hurry. Make sure they are wowed by your home rather than put off by minor issues that could make the difference between getting a second viewing or offer or never hearing from them again. Firstly, make sure your front door is shiny and clean. A lick of paint on wooden doors can make a huge difference, and shiny brass-work also looks incredible. Add a welcoming new mat on your doorstep and a few pots with pretty, colourful flowers. In the garden or on the driveway be sure to tidy up and trim uneven or rough borders and replace dirty or worn-down gravel. Take up weeds from paving and hire a pressure washer to ensure stone driveways look beautifully bright.

Declutter and clear out

You’ll be packing anyway – so now is an excellent time to have a clear out and package up any items you plan to get rid of or put in storage during the move itself. Go through your belongings thoroughly and be ruthless – if you don’t use something now, it’s unlikely you’ll use it when you arrive at your new home. Focus on the items that may look unsightly or cluttered when buyers are viewing your home – safely storing them for transit or bagging them up for charity. At Johnsons we provide a range of affordable storage solutions and transportation options.

Refresh with a lick of paint

A lick of paint is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to sprucing up your home and refreshing ready for sale – but be smart about it, as you don’t want to spend money (and your time) unnecessarily. Identify areas where new paint will really make a difference and increase positive impact – such as yellowing radiators, skirting boards and window sills. Rooms that are currently decorated in bright colours or bold patterns should also be targeted, as this kind of design could divide buyers and is unlikely to be everyone’s cup of tea. Opt for smooth neutral shades – as these will also open the space and brighten ready for viewings.

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You did everything that we asked. We have used Johnsons 3 times in the past 2 years and have always found them professional and the removal guys really friendly and courteous.

Mr & Mrs Green, Cheshire

An excellent service carried out by people who cared. Right through from quotation to move into storage and back out again.

Mr Wyatt, Coventry

Very impressed with the service offered from beginning to end. Overall, very good value for money.

Mr & Mrs Langman, Wilmslow

Everything was done very well and to our satisfaction.

Dr & Mrs Cowell, Northwich

I send my deepest appreciation for the hard work and polite good spirits not to mention speed with which the men did their job. Many thanks to them and your firm for another successful and minimal street move. I wouldn’t hesitate to use you again.

Mrs Haselhurst, Warrington

Everything went very well, the move was brilliant. Any comment would be I lost my snake and the guys wouldn’t help look for him as they were scared (he has been found now).

Mr & Mrs Obbard, Llanerchymedd

Very helpful with what turned out to be a very difficult move. The movers were great, helpful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.

Dr Millard, Buxton

Thank you for packing us up and moving us into our new home.
Everyone was brilliant, friendly, professional and funny. Most stress free move I’ve ever had and I’ve done quite a few house moves.

Mrs Kirlew

With all best wishes and again my appreciation for your most courteous and helpful attention throughout my association with Johnsons.

A pleasurable experience from start to finish.

Aurea Elizabeth Saunders
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