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Making your house a home

This month property expert David Leake of Housesetc shares his top tips for making your property as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

Once you’ve decided to put your home on the market, there are a number of things you can do to make sure it stands out above the rest. Go outside and try to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. Does it have ‘kerb appeal’? Is the lawn neat? In the winter make sure any paths or steps are clear of snow and ice.

Make sure your home looks light, warm and inviting. Make sure house numbers and names can be seen clearly so your potential buyer can find you. During the daytime make sure curtains and blinds are open to maximise natural light.

Your pet might be your best friend but make sure there are no off-putting odours. Try to keep children and pets quiet or out of the house when you have viewings.

You should always give your home the once-over and do any little jobs that might be making the place look tired. Think touching up chipped or marked paintwork, washing the floors and cleaning the windows.

When it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, put away as many items as possible so your potential buyers see clutter-free surfaces. Clean, scrub and polish until these rooms looks shiny and inviting.

Try to de-clutter! Lots of storage space is always popular so do everything you can to maximise what you have. Make sure any cupboards are tidy and organised.

Finally, potential buyers tend to feel like they’re intruding so minimise the amount of people in the house when you have viewings. Let them look round at their own pace and give them the option to explore on their own.

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