It's often said that moving home is one of life's most stressful events - but the hard work starts well before the day of the move. 

Careful planning and preparation can make a difference when it comes to impressing potential buyers. If you're planning on selling your home, here are '10 top tips' that might help you sell you property faster. 

1. Gardens

Spend some time tidying up any outside areas. Clear drives and pathways, mow the lawn, clean any garden furniture and make sure any outdoor lighting works. The approach to your property will be the first chance to wow - or worry - your potential buyers.

2. Front door

First impressions count, so make sure your front door is clean and the glass is sparkling. If you front foor is wooden, you may want to give it a fresh coat of paint - but remember to cover up or remove any metalwork before you start.

3. Clear some space

Creating a sense of space is a real winner so make sure you have a good clear out. You could even think about moving some of your larger items into storage for a period before you put your property on the market. Watch out for over-stuffed wardrobes - buyers often check the amount of storage space.  

4. Clean, clean, clean

Clean everything until it sparkles. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom: get rid of any limescale, clean the grouting and hang fresh towels. Hiring professional cleaners could be money well spent.

5. Odd jobs

Make sure you are up to date with your list of small jobs around the house that you've been meaning to get around to. Replace any broken lightbulbs, fix the bathroom locks, replace washers on any leaky taps and oil squeaky hinges.

6. Freshen up

A fresh lick of paint in a light nuetral colour creates a perfect blank canvas and makes your home seem lighter and bigger. If you have any marks on painted walls that you can't wipe off, dig out the paint and freshen it up.

7. Kitchen

The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house so make sure it's spotless. De-clutter surfaces of appliances, jars, pots and chopping boards and replace any tired old tea towels. 

8. Aroma

Clear drains, wash bins and open windows throughout the house. If you're a smoker, make sure you do it outside in the days leading up to a viewing. Strategically place plants and freshly cut flowers and, if you can bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies, do so just before a viewing. When this is not possible, try brewing some fresh coffee.

9. Pets

If you have pets, consider leaving them with a friend for any viewings. Make sure you have one last hoover to remove any pet hair, especially if you have a cat, as many people are allergic to their fur.

10. Go out

Agents know their jobs so let them show your property. They will be best placed to answer tricky questions, highlight the great features of your home and know what to downplay. 

By following some or all of these tips, you'll be sure to project your property in its best possible light.

If you're thinking about moving on or remortgaging, we can help you find the right mortgage deal. 

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