1. As my grandfather used to say, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” so paint that front door and add some shiny new door furniture. SDS stocks a huge range and trust us, this really matters. Grandpa also used to say, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” but with million pound houses the norm in Nappy Valley, I think we can ignore him on that one.
2. Buy some fresh flowers. It’s not just a case of saying it with flowers but selling it with flowers, too. And remember to ensure that window boxes have living things in them – nobody wants to think their vendor is more Agent Orange than Monty Don.
3. Declutter everywhere. No-one wants to see unopened post, messy work surfaces or piles of shoes. Every unopened utility bill removes a thousand pounds from the asking price an estate agent once told me. Ok, I made that up, but it should be true.
4. Clean the house to within an inch of its life. Get the carpets professionally shampooed and if they are past it, replace them with a neutral colour. You should be going for CSI levels of detail, not a quick go with Mr Sheen.
5. Go soft! Throws and cushions add texture and depth; or really push the boat out by reupholstering a sofa or chair in an outrageous, sumptuous fabric. Whatever you do, stay away from white leather.
6. FOUR PLAIN WALLS ARE SOOO BORING: ADD ART TO ADD COLOUR. JUST DON’T GO WEIRD, SO LOCK AWAY YOUR FAVOURITE HIERONYMUS BOSCH PRINTS
7. Regrout and resilicone tiles in showers and bathrooms and get rid of any signs of mould. If a potential buyer sees a bit of mould, they’ll wonder what else is lurking behind the tiles.
8. Need to facelift a tired-looking kitchen? Zone it! Clear definition between prep, clean-up and cooking areas will help it look bigger, better organised and sleek.
9. Be like a gremlin and avoid bright lights. Dim any overhead bulbs and use lamps to create an ambient effect. Replace duds where needed and work that mood lighting to create a cosy atmosphere.