In a more discerning market the presentation of a property is key to achieving the best possible price. Now is the time to take note of all those T.V programmes extolling the virtues of ‘selling a lifestyle’. Many buyers have very little time to spare and the thought of moving into a new property and then being able to carry on with their busy work lives is appealing. Attention to those housekeeping chores can make all the difference. Keeping the property fresh, tidy and uncluttered will convey to a purchaser that you have cared and continue to care for the property. Tidying up the front garden, mowing the lawn and investing in a colourful pot of bedding plants will always increase your ‘kerb appeal’. If on the other hand you are the owner of a property requiring some modernisation be careful not to spend money unnecessarily for example on kitchens and bathrooms as these are two areas of a property that a buyer may like to put their own ‘stamp on’. Teresa O’Hara said “I have sold a property in the past where the vendors had installed a new kitchen just prior to marketing worth in the region of £25,000. On walking past the same property two days after the new buyers had moved in, I noticed a large skip outside the home and on closer inspection I found that the new owners had decided to change the kitchen, so out went the previous £25,000 kitchen!
Try to be as accommodating as you can when a potential buyer asks for a viewing. This sends out the message that you as the vendor are keen to sell, as many buyers have become wary of those vendors just ‘trying out’ the market. When receiving the viewing feedback from your Estate Agent, take note of anything that can be rectified for the next viewing and action accordingly.
At JCP Estate Agents we pride ourselves on working with our vendors, offering advice, keeping them updated on market conditions in order to adapt quickly to any variation in the market to achieve the best possible price for their property.
Teresa O’Hara of JCP Estate Agents said “Notwithstanding Brexit, Oxford is still a draw for the buyers who are looking for properties within easy access of excellent schools, hospitals or just for a ‘bolt hole’ for their student son or daughter while they are in Oxford studying.
For more information or advice on how to present your property in order to achieve a speedy but also lucrative sale, email: Teresa O’Hara at firstname.lastname@example.org (Central North Oxford) or David Wilkins at email@example.com (East Oxford)