Home seller’s checklist

If you plan to sell up and move home there are a number of things you can do to ensure a successful sale.

Do’s and Dont’s

Do

use the local paper and estate agents to research prices being asked for similar properties in your area. If you want a quick sale, ask for less.

Don’t

sell in a traditionally slow month if you can help it. Among these are November and December, and July and August when people are away on holiday.

Do

ensure photographs of the property are in colour and picture it in sunlight – ideally in summer. Provide interior as well as exterior shots.

Don’t

be tempted to totally  redecorate – potential buyers may suspect you are trying to disguise problems.

Do

answer questions openly and honestly. If the buyer sees you as a friendly and co-operative person they may be more inclined to make an offer.

Don’t

hover behind viewers while they look around, but let them inspect things on their own at their own pace – they will find you if they have a question.