Sell That House: The Easy Way To Add £s To The Value of Your Home and Sell It Fast: The Easy Way To Add GBPGBPGBPs To The Value of Your Home and Sell It Fast Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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So you have decided to sell your house. Great! You
want to move on. You may have already had it
valued, found a good estate agent, even done a
few repairs and tidied up ready for those potential
In writing this book I am assuming that you want
one or both of the following outcomes:
1. To sell your house for as much as possible
2. To sell your house as quickly as possible
Once the big decision to sell up has been made,
we all want to move on to the next stage in our
lives quickly and happily. So it's no wonder that
people find it frustrating and ultimately
depressing to find themselves in the same
situation 6 months if not two years from now.
If there are lots of buyers looking at too few
houses then you want to be sure that yours is the
one being fought over. This will bump up the
price. If however there are lots of houses on the
market and few buyers, let's make sure that your
house is the one that is picked first.
This will ensure the quick sale. Many houses
languish on the market for too long leaving the
frustrated seller left with seemingly no option
other than to decrease the price.
Properties like this, are on the whole, perfectly
good, sound houses, so what is going wrong?
Whatever the state of the housing market, you
want to get as much money as possible for your
property. If you put a `For Sale' board outside and
hope that buyers will come running down your
path then you might still be waiting a year later.
Selling houses is a competitive business - ask any
So just like the sales teams and big retailers do,
we're going to market your house. Call it house
doctoring, house presentation or house staging;
what you're essentially doing is marketing your
home in order to sell it to the public.
If you are selling a car, you clean it out, get its
MOT test and polish it up. If you go for an
interview you put on clean clothes, comb your
hair, shine your shoes and prepare your personal
sales pitch. You are presenting something - or
yourself - at its best, in the hope that someone
will buy. It's as simple as that.
The good news is you can do a lot to improve the
sales prospects of your house without spending a
great deal of time or money.
Would you believe me if I told you that just by
moving the furniture, doing some clearing out,
cleaning up, decorating and following the advice
and tips in this book you could add as much as
£20,000 to the value of your house?
That's what I did with a house in Shropshire. It
had been let out and the owners decided to sell it.
It was valued at £199,000. All I did was paint a
couple of rooms, replace some furniture and it
went on the market at £220,000, and sold for a
£225,000! I must emphasize here that you do not
necessarily have to give every room a `makeover'!
More recently I wanted to sell my own house fast.
It was first valued at £640,000. I had the outside
and the drawing room painted, cleared the clutter
(we all have it!) and did some `styling'. I got the
agents back in and was told it could go on the
market at £699,000 - £59,000 more! However I
wanted a double-quick sale and was happy at
anything over the original £640,000 so it went on
So now we are going to look at some very
straightforward guidelines and start making the
best of your property. If you follow these together
with the advice and tips you'll also find here, I
guarantee that you'll be way ahead of the
So let's see how it's done and get that house sold!
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