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Top ten tips for giving your house the edge, when selling

With house prices falling nationally for the first time this year it is vital that anyone looking to put their property on the market has the edge when it comes to selling it.

The average national house price fell by 0.1% in July according to Hometrack property research company.

However, it is not expecting a housing market crash, making it the ideal time for anyone who is still considering putting their house on the market to act now before they slip any further.

Bolton, says: “We&#39ve done some asking round on your behalf and here are our top 10 tips to help you on the way.

“Before putting your house on the market make sure you take a look at the property objectively, first from the outside, and then move from room to room, making a note of the areas which need improving. It might be wise to get a friend to help out, as they will be able to look at the house more objectively than someone who has been living in it for a long time.

“Finish off any small DIY jobs such as touching up chipped paint, or sticking back any peeling wallpaper.

“Also consider tackling larger DIY jobs. If a job really needs doing it usually pays to put it right although make sure you don&#39t spend £20,000 on a property if it will only add £10,000 to the value.

“Whatever the time of year give the house a good spring clean. First impressions always count and cleanliness is the key – especially in the bathroom and the kitchen.

“A splash of paint can make a huge difference to a house. Research shows most buyers prefer natural, earthy colours to bold bright shades. Lighter colours maximise the feeling of space and enable buyers to imagine their possessions in the property.

“De-personalise the property by removing all personal items such as family photos and children&#39s drawings. It is important the viewer sees the home as they would live in it.

“Remove all excess clutter. Moving house is a great excuse to get rid of old, unwanted items – but anything that can&#39t be binned or sold should be put away out of sight.

“Make sure the house smells pleasant. The smell of freshly poured coffee, a wood burning stove, cut flowers or even the fresh air from outside can all help to create the right atmosphere inside the home.

“Lighting can help to create the right mood. If a room does not receive much natural light make sure it is well lit from inside. Dimmed lighting can also help create a more relaxed atmosphere.

“Finally, banish all pets – not everyone may share the love you have for a mangy mongrel.

“All these can help give your house the extra edge when it comes to selling, but also remember how you behave when a potential buyer comes round will also have an effect. Generally try and give the prospective buyer space when they look around – don&#39t crowd into rooms as this can be claustrophobic and overpowering. Try and answer questions as clearly as possible and make sure you clearly state what is available with the house, such as curtains and carpets, right from the outset.”

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