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We all dream of putting a property up for sale, accepting an offer and moving out in quick succession but the reality is that if you want to do things properly then it takes time. Buyers see Christmas as a key-influencing factor, with many people determined to move in time for the big day so give your property the best chance with this advice and you could be hanging up the decorations in your new pad just in time for Santa’s arrival. 1. The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to see your home. Be ready for visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends. 2. There are a number of agents to use so search around and find the right one for you. These are the people who are ultimately going to sell your home and answer those tricky questions so make sure you trust them. 3. You may decide to renovate your house to sell so bear in mind that neutral colours are always best and kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms to prospective homebuyers. These rooms should not look like they need major renovations. 4. Give your property a little refresh. After location, good light is the one thing that most buyers want. Clean the windows, open your curtains, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the outside bushes to let light in. Whatever you can do to make your property seem brighter and cheerier will make it more sellable. 5. Complete any DIY tasks. As they inspect the house, a buyer wants to see that everything works, including doors, locks, draws in kitchens and bathrooms, toilets, sinks, and lights. If a buyer can see minor mistakes, it will alert them to think about the damage that they cannot see. 6. Make sure potential buyers can envision their family in the house so take down anything that largely relates to your family life, religion or political stance. 7. If your home is priced too low, you’ll miss out on some money but if it’s too high, you won’t get as many offers. While you might be tempted to start with a high listing price to see what happens, overpricing can be a bad strategy. If a house has been on the market for a long time, people will assume that it hasn’t sold because something is wrong with it. 8. Make sure that you have completed all the necessary legal work and are ready to go. There is no point pushing the sale of your house if you haven’t even started looking at properties and have nowhere to go. 9. Moving takes time so consider packing up large furniture items in advance. If you’re considering getting in the professionals it is wise to book way in advance as you won’t be the only person looking to move before Christmas n tips for a pre- Christmas sale All images credit: Alena Ozerova | Shutterstock.com


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