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When selling your home, probably your largest financial asset, it’s important to keep aiming to secure the property’s highest value by maximising its selling potential. To give you a head start, here are our top five dos and don’ts:

Do

Your homework – find out the maximum potential value of your property to avoid expensive improvements which might not add much worth.

Clean up your act – remember first impressions count, a well-kept garden, pathway and fence will add instant appeal.

De-clutter – buyers will be looking at the property and not your possessions, make sure its easy for them to visualise their own belongings by removing your own.

Look for a reputable estate agency – personal recommendations are invaluable, otherwise review their local presence in the papers/number of their ‘sold’ boards in area.

Protect yourself – read the small print when signing any contract as you may be legally bound for a long period of time.


Don’t

Forget the detail – restored fire places and period features, such as ceiling roses and cornices can add thousands of pounds to your property.

Do it tomorrow – finish of all those small DIY tasks you've been meaning to do, touch up chipped woodwork and replace washers on dripping taps.

Create a strong odour – avoid strong foods such as curry and seafood before a viewing as the smell will linger.

Limit your market – watch out for agents that will only work as ‘sole agents’ which means they would still charge commission if another agency sold for you.

Keep your junk room – buyers find it far easier to visualise rooms set up for a specific purpose, therefore a spare room should be made up as a study or additional bedroom.


Remember, anyone can give a high evaluation figure, but actually obtaining it is another matter.  Question if the figure is based on experience and knowledge of the area.