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Tips for maximising the value and saleability of your home

3 Spring Cleaning

It is difficult to both live normally when selling your home and yet leave it looking pristine in case anyone comes round to view during the day when you are out. Here at Alexander May, estate agents Clifton, Long Ashton and Bristol, we often show prospective purchasers round properties when our clients are at work, and you can tell from the reaction of those viewing what a difference a clean and tidy home makes, and especially if it is one where you have a young family or pets. It is an unavoidable fact of life that if you live in a home, it will accumulate dirt and smells. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a few years, but it is inevitable. As a consequence, you don’t notice anything while living there, but coming in afresh, it can be a little too obvious that the property is most definitely ‘lived in’.
Here at Alexander May estate agents we recommend three basic things. Make sure the kitchen is clean and spotless – it sets the tone for the rest of the house and creates the impression that everywhere else will be clean. Ensure the bathroom is also spotless – especially the shower and screen if you have one, and also the WC. Leave a discrete air freshener in place to add that touch of freshness. Lastly, get the carpets professionally cleaned. You will be amazed just how much they have changed colour over the years, but only through the slow accumulation of dirt and grime. Also include your curtains and upholstered furniture in the cleaning – most professional carpet cleaners do all thee. In doing this, you will eliminate the accumulation of odours, especially if you have a dog or cat, leaving your home smelling and feeling fresher and cleaner. As a little tip – in the autumn and winter, spray a little furniture polish on the top of radiators – the smell will waft throughout the house and make it seem as if you have just dusted everywhere!
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Tips for maximising the value and saleability of your home
2 Decluttering

You won’t have really noticed it happening as a home is for living in. You don’t live in your home on the basis that you will have visitors every day of the week. And besides, a home is to be enjoyed, where you bring up young children, have dogs and cats and generally make the most of it. However one clue to what happens as you live in your home over time is usually revealed when it comes time to packing up and getting ready for the anticipated move to your new home. Almost without exception you will hear the words “I can’t believe we’ve got so much stuff!” Yes, no matter how many packing cases and cardboard boxes you gathered together, you are still woefully short. So that in itself may tell you something about your home, unless you were extremely smart and lumped everything up into the loft while you were selling your home.

We have been estate agents in Clifton, Bristol for a long time, and clutter is one of the problems we come across all too often. It is an awkward subject to broach as our clients sometimes think we are being critical of the way they live, when nothing could be further from the truth. We applaud those who see a home as a home and live in it as a home, as opposed to many who only see where they live as ‘an investment’ and fail to embrace the full joy of owning your own home. However when it comes to selling your home, the best advice we can give you as experienced Bristol estate agents is declutter wherever you can and create as much of a feeling of space as you can. You can rent space at Big Yellow or Safestore while you are selling, and nobody is going to play Inspector Clouseau and wonder where all the clutter is despite the fact you have three children! Minimising clutter allows prospective buyers to envisage their own furniture in a room and also greatly increases the feeling of space in your home.
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Tips for maximising the value and saleability of your home

1. The garden.
Yes, here at Alexander may, Estate agents Clifton and Long Ashton, we are aware that , especially in the Clifton area, there are a good number of flats and therefore it is only the ground floor or basement flat that will have a garden. However there are plenty of houses and bungalows which also have gardens, and it is these properties we are referring to more. Now there is no question that a garden is an asset to a property, and certainly those buyers with pets and/or a young family will always be interested in any garden and outside space, no matter how small. Even if it is just a pocket handkerchief garden that is big enough to sit out in on a hot summer’s evening, or dry your washing in, then for some that will be enough. However you may have lost sight of what an asset your garden is because you have just been too busy to both enjoy it, and also maintain it.

However a would-be buyer won’t be interested in why your garden is overgrown, they will just see an eyesore, hard work, and something that has next to no appeal. This is especially true if you have a large garden. If it is untidy, the grass uncut and bushes overgrown, you are basically telling any buyer that having a large garden is a liability and hard work. Turn the tables and present the same space in immaculate condition and you have a beautiful selling feature and despite the fact you have had to employ a gardener to come in and rescue you, a well-kept garden looks easy to maintain. It is all psychology. The same can apply with small gardens.

Sometimes you may feel there is not enough space to do anything with it, but a clever garden designer can turn a small space into an outdoor room and once again provide you with a positive selling feature as opposed to a poor excuse for a garden. Investing in a gardener or garden landscaping can greatly increase the value and saleability of your home.
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Making your home more saleable

Here at Alexander may, Estate agents in Bristol, we have established ourselves as one of the foremost estate agents covering both the Clifton and Long Ashton areas. During that time we have also noticed a number of situations that are continually repeated and which basically don’t help with selling property. It is an unfortunate aspect of human nature that if something is not right with our home or could be improved, we either do it straight away or it just doesn’t get done. It is surprising what we are happy to put up with when, given the choice, we’d rather get it sorted. The restrictions of time and money can make this difficult to achieve, but when it comes to selling your home, then sometimes you have to invest a little money to maximise your selling price. In today’s keenly fought property market buyers still hold the upper hand and will aim to reduce their offer on your home if presented with anything that could be seen as detrimental.

As a consequence, here at Alexander May, we have decided to run a series of articles that will provide you with useful ideas and tips, plus experienced-based advice to help you present your property in its most favourable, and valuable light. As estate agents, Clifton is an area we know all too well and we also know the type of buyer and what they are looking for. In addition, our experience as estate agents in Bristol has also taught us what puts a buyer off and what can literally jeopardise your chances of either achieving a sale, or at least achieving a decent sale price. Our job is not just to sell your home, but to sell it for the best price possible. So while we are posting this series of articles, if you would like someone to come out and give you some advice, while also providing you with a free valuation, please feel free to give us a call or use our online valuation booking form.
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