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New Year property market: Five tips to get ahead

The New Year property market is a busy time. On average, we see 45% more buyers registering with us in January than we do in any other month of the year.* If you’re thinking about moving house and need to sell your current home, now could be an excellent time to capitalise on that demand.

Speak to your local KFH branch to arrange a no obligation valuation and discuss your local market.

If you do decide to put your property on the market, here are five tips for quick and easy ways to help get the best price for your property and secure a sale as quickly as possible.

1. Ready for your close up?

Most house-hunters start their search online, so your photos need to stand out. Before having pictures taken, ensure all your rooms have as much light as possible, tidy up the soft furnishings, de clutter any sideboards, shelves or corners and add flowers to make rooms look fresh and welcoming.

2. Kerb appeal

Look critically at the outside of your house. Does the front door need a lick of paint? Are any plants and trees looking their best? Do your bins need to be there? First impressions are everything so do all you can to create the first impression you want.

3. Get out the paintbrush and spanner

Touch up paintwork and clean out grime from stubborn kitchen and bathroom corners. Fix that cracked tile, and tighten that loose door handle or dripping tap. You may have been able to live with these issues but they may deter buyers who will worry the house hasn’t been properly looked after.

4. De-pet

Pet odours can put off buyers from the moment they walk over the threshold. Ask your agent to give their honest opinion on whether pet smells are an issue and hire a pro to clean your carpets and soft furnishings.

5. Sell a home not a house

You want potential buyers to see the property as their home so it’s important to sell the dream and create a space they won’t be able to resist. Turn a barren patio into an outdoor entertaining space, present that unused reception as a family-friendly dining space or show a box room as a smart home office.

Have a look at our Seller’s resources for further information and tips on how to prepare your property for sale and viewings.


*Based on average KFH buyer registrations across our network from September 2013 to August 2016

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As the marketing and communications team at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward's head office, our aim is to keep you updated and informed where the London property market is concerned. In addition, we'll bring you tips on navigating current issues and trends in the market when buying, selling, letting and renting to ensure that whatever field you're interested in, you'll be completely informed.

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