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In the first week of August, properties at SSTC (Sold Subject to Contract) were almost at double their number compared to figures from the same period in 2019. This indicates a significant release of pent-up demand due to lockdown.


If you, like a lot of homeowners right now, are considering putting your property on the market, here are some of the ways to market your house well to potential buyers.

 


Make sure your property images are professional


In order to get viewings, you need to reel them in with your property advert.


Make sure your photos are clear and focused. If it is a cloudy day, see if you can rearrange the shoot. There is nothing nicer than a clear blue sky!

  


Increase your kerb appeal


It takes just seven seconds for somebody to make their first impression of your property, so make sure your property’s exterior is the best it can be. You want them to walk down the drive feeling impressed and excited to go inside.


Some easy ways to do this is to give your front door or fencing a fresh lick of paint, put up some hanging baskets to add colour, pull out any weeds, move the bins out of sight and make sure the lawn is mowed.

  


De-clutter


The hallway is famous for housing plenty of clutter: shoes, coats, handbags. Make sure everything that can be put away is tucked out of sight to make it appear more spacious.


As some hallways can be dark and narrow, adding a mirror to a wall can give the illusion of space and can also brighten it up.


A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all desktops are wiped down and free of clutter.

 


Give your viewers space


Let your viewers freely wander around your home with the agent.


This will make them feel much more comfortable asking questions and it also means they might take their time in each room.


Be ready to answer any questions after the viewing. Also be sure to leave hand sanitiser dotted around your property, so not only you but also your viewers will feel comfortable.

 


Make the most of outdoor space


Since lockdown, we have noticed a real shift in property priorities.


Everybody is putting outdoor space at the top of their agendas, so make sure your garden is well showcased.


If this is an impromptu house viewing, you might not have time to lay a new flower bed, but make sure the lawn is freshly mown, trees and shrubs are cut back to create more space, weeds are removed, and outside furniture is laid out nicely.