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Top tips for presenting your home for sale this autumn

Mon 22 October 2018

Luke Williams, Branch Valuer and Manager of Stags Bideford shares his top tips for presenting your home for sale.

With the clocks set to change on 28 October, we recommend using those valuable daylight hours wisely, especially if you are planning to put your property on the market before the December frosts set in. As the weather inevitably turns colder and the days grow shorter, it is important to remember certain key factors that will enhance your property’s first impressions. Here are some of our top tips:

1. Sweep those chimneys

Particularly at this time of year, it is important to check and sweep your chimney so that it is safe and ready for that first cosy fire of the season.

2. Service your boiler

It is important to regularly service your main heating system to ensure it is in good working order for the coming year to flag up any potential faults and repair them before it’s too late. 

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3. Find time to work through your to-do list

Outside areas will start to take a bit of battering by wind and rain so it’s worth repairing any damaged fencing, pathways, outbuildings, external walls and roofing before it gets too cold to tackle. That’s right, all those jobs you’ve been meaning to do for months!

4. Dig out those gardening gloves

Even if the sun isn’t shining, it is important to embrace those dry days. In just 20 minutes you could tick off one of the many gardening jobs that seem to pile up at this time of year, whether that’s sweeping up fallen leaves, removing weeds from walkways or adding some hardy plants to empty pots. It is important to keep your property, both inside and out, welcoming and well-maintained.

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5. Light the way

Ensure all bulbs and light fixtures are working correctly, while also considering where lighting could be improved in dark spaces.

6. Clean up or clear out

Tidy away leftover items from the summer and de-clutter shelves, loft spaces and rooms used for storage.

7. Paintbrushes at the ready

If there are walls that have been scuffed over time or the paintwork has faded, repaint in fresh neutral tones. This will brighten up and refresh the room, offering a blank canvas for future owners.

For more advice and information, contact your local office today.

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