Thursday, December 26, 2013

Makeover Any Room with GE reveal’s Innovative Clean, Beautiful Light™ – now available at Target, just in time for the holidays and New Year!

We all know the holidays and New Years are the perfect time to consider a makeover. Did you know the quickest and easiest way to makeover your home for the holidays is with good lighting? With GE reveal® light bulbs, you can switch on the true beauty of life’s spaces and the people within them.
You’ll be amazed at how GE reveal® bulbs replace yellow, dingy lighting with crisp, white light that makes colors and patterns pop, transforming homes from ordinary to extraordinary with just the flip of a switch. GE’s new and innovative reveal® LEDs offer the same aesthetic benefits as the rest of the GE reveal® brand plus energy-efficient technology that allows them to last over a decade, based on three hours of usage a day.

To see how quick and easy a reveal® lighting makeover can be, watch this fun and stylish new video GE Lighting created featuring four hip West-Coast tastemakers who depend on the best lighting possible for their craft, as they complete a GE reveal® makeover and share their authentic experience. Learn more about our experts and their lighting transformations. Watch the video here.
Buy GE reveal® at a Discount at Target!
Not only are GE reveal® LED bulbs available almost exclusively at Target, but there you can find great prices and savings on all GE reveal® solutions. Target’s Cartwheel App provides savings for in-store purchases of GE reveal (as well as many of the other items you’ll likely need in the upcoming months).
Simply download Target’s money-saving Cartwheel app, (available on Apple IOS here and Android here), select the GE reveal (and any other savings you need) and head to your local Target for great deals!

In addition to using the discounts on the Cartwheel app, you can also print off the coupon below for even more savings nationwide!

- GE reveal® Coupon - Enjoy $1 off any package of reveal® light bulbs. Good to print through December 31, 2013 with a 45 day expiration

As new energy-efficiency standards are set to take place January 1, 2014, consumers can choose among GE reveal® halogen, CFL, and LED bulbs in addition to GE Lighting’s other energy-efficient options.
About GE Lighting
GE is proud to continue its long tradition of innovation in lighting and hopes you enjoy your new lighting experience with clean beautiful light of GE reveal® bulbs. For more information, please visit GE reveal®.

Selling a Property...Less Stressful!

Selling a property, especially your current home can be a stressful experience.  There are lots of options for selling your house in the current market.

How and why you might choose an estate agent
During this time, many people use estate agents to help them find a buyer and get a sale. The way that a lot of these companies work is that they take a commission fee of the price of the sale. You could also choose to sell your home privately so that you do not have to pay these fees, but you have to do all of the work for yourself.   If you choose to enlist the help of an estate agent, then you will also get access to their resources that they have such as a list of perspective buyers, and the ability to advertise your property in their shop window.

If you do decide that using an estate agent is the right option for you, then you have to make the choice of whether to go with one of the cooperate estate agents that are regularly found on the high street, or use an independent one.  Some of these operate within patches in localized areas.
You also have the option to use an online estate agent too.

Don’t just go with the first estate agent that you find, and get valuations from around three different ones.  You should also consider how approachable you found each of the ones that you have shortlisted were. It is important that you feel comfortable with them and that you could relax around them because selling your house could well turn into one of the most stressful things you could ever have to do.

Also, think about how well you trust them to get all the work that you need them to do complete on time. Selling your home and sometimes can several months. You don’t want long delays in the process that could make it take longer or cause you problems later on.

Alternatives to using an estate agent
If you do not wish to use an estate agent, then there are other options that you could go for. You could chose to sell your home privately without using one. You would then do all of the work for yourself.

Alternately, you could try and sell your home at an auction or to an professional house buyer. Although you may not make as much money this way, you might be able to find a buyer quickly if you need to sell in a hurry.




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Turners!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Renting Out a Property

Deciding that you want to rent out a property, be it the one that you currently live in or one that you bought with that purpose in mind, can be a scary time for a anyone thinking of going ahead with it.

There is always lots of talk about how perspective tenants should have a good think before decide which property, and indeed landlord, that they should decide to go with. We all know that anyone looking for a place to rent should think about the size of the property that they want to be in, how close it is to their work and where they children go to school.

However, as a landlord, it is also important that you find yourself a tenant that you feel comfortable allowing to say in your property that you may hope to move back into one day, or have just spent a lot of money doing up so that it will be fit for purpose.

Here are some things that you might want to think about when choosing to let property to someone:

Always meet them first
Always make sure that you meet them in person before you make a final decision so that you can get an impression of what they are like. Be friendly and open with them so that they will feel relaxed with you too. This might help them to feel confident in reporting any problems to you as soon as they arise so they can get fixed quickly.

Think about who the property will be suitable for and how long you would like them to stay for
When creating the advertising for the property, think long and hard about who it might be suitable for. For example, if it is only two bedrooms, then it may not be suitable for a larger family, who could also be looking for a long term let. They also like longer lets and some furniture and carpets may show wear and tear faster. So it is it your own place that you want to move back into within a few months, you may want to consider a different target market.  

Take a deposit
Take a deposit from them so that you can have reassurance that the place will be kept in good order and you will not be left out of pocket if it is not still in good condition at the end of their stay.  

If you find yourself struggling to find people to let the property to, or you do not have the time to do the marketing and advertising for yourself, there are services that can offer assistance with this task when it comes to doing it online.    

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Best Way to Furnish a Residential Property

Whenever you furnish any property there are three areas that you will want to tick, and these are style, practicality and cost. It is important that properties have stylish design and furniture, as this allows people to relax and unwind, and it also gives you a chance to be a bit creative and show off your personality. Everything that you fill a room with should also be practical too, so this will include having enough chairs for you and any guests, making sure there is storage space and places to put plates, cups and more on, amongst other practical things that furnishings can serve as in the home. As with anything else you will want to do all of this at affordable prices without compromising on the quality, but ticking all of these boxes will prove difficult.

It will be particularly difficult if you are furnishing a residential property too, as you will be doing it for a large group of people as opposed to just you and your family or housemates. These residential properties include places like university halls of residence, colleges, community centers, retirement communities, sheltered housing areas and other similar places. So, what is the best way to furnish these areas in a stylish, practical and affordable way? Your best bet would be to approach furnishing contractors, as these companies can quickly furnish entire residential properties with everything that the residents will need, and these companies can also do this with a consistent style throughout, and this is important in interior design as it allows for a complete feel in the home. This furniture will include chairs, beds, sofas, tables, office furniture, bookcases, electrical goods, household items and more.

Stylish, Practical and Affordable Furnishings

This will alleviate all the stress that this would usually put on your shoulders, and some of these contractors, like PeelMount, can even offer you a full delivery and installation service, so you won’t even have to lift a finger. The properties can be quickly furnished so that you and the residents do not have to wait, so before long the property will have a pleasant atmosphere that will help everyone to feel at home, and this is the most important thing when it comes to furnishing any kind of property.

Furnishing contractors make it a simple, stress free and affordable process, and whatever the type of residential property it is they will be able to offer unique and stylish items that can create character and personality, along with practicality as well.

Friday, December 20, 2013

What you Need for Peace of Mind in Your Home

Safety is something that everybody should feel when they are at home, but unfortunately thousands of people are unsafe in their home because they have not taken the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property. Anyone that has ever had their home broken into before will tell you what a traumatizing event it can be, as the one place that you should feel your safest has been invaded, and this uneasy feeling that you are left with will linger for a long time as well. So, what can be done to make sure that this is something that you never have to experience or experience again?

Thankfully there have been some amazing advances in security technology over the years, so now it is very easy to properly protect your property at all times. You can have high quality security systems put in place which will make your home a fortress, and this means that nobody will be able to gain access whether you are at home or not. It is of course hoped that these systems will not be needed, but it is essential that you have them in place in case a criminal were to try and get in, and on top of this these security systems also act as deterrents to criminals, as they are aware of just how effective they are.

Different Systems Available

No matter the size of your property or where you live you will want to get some kind of system installed, and if you visit established companies, like Quicksafe, there are different types available to suit your needs. This includes rural security systems, shed and garage alarms, driveway alarms, CCTV systems, caravan alarms and plenty more, so you should be able to find the best way to protect your property with one or possibly more systems installed. There are even pet friendly alarms too that let your pet come and go without setting off the alarm, so there really is a solution for every home. These systems can detect intruders and set off an alarm that will alert you to their presence, and this is enough to scare off the criminal but you should also alert the authorities so that these people can be caught.

With a high quality system in place it means that you and your property will be kept safe at all times, and this will give you the peace of mind that you need when you are relaxing at home.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How to Spruce up your Home’s Exterior

There are no two ways about it - the housing market has become increasingly competitive with each passing year and home values continue to plummet. Fortunately, there are many ways you can beat them at their own game with a touch of exterior home restoration. First impressions well and truly count in the world of real estate and you can be confident of leaving buyers astounded and spend-hungry for yours with the right house exterior. Plan for a successful sale now with these rewarding exterior improvements.

Install brick veneer

If you’re feeling adventurous and wish to transform your home’s outer walls, brick veneer can be a great shortcut to a new look and is available in so many patterns and shades of brickwork to leave you spoilt for choice. Installing brick veneer can be a challenge but the results are well worth the input, transforming a run of the mill exterior into a rural cottage look or a sleek, modern home. 

 Building a Bay window

As well as increasing the amount of space inside your home, adding a bay window can transform the outward appearance of your home and will immediately signify ‘roomy’ to potential buyers and onlookers. Fortunately, bay windows are a relatively easy DIY job to tackle and are a fail safe way to add dimension (and significant value) to your home.
Extra tip! Consider the direction of the sun before adding your bay window since windows facing the south will get the most sunlight.

Tackle roof repairs

Want a sure-fire way to gain interest and long-term value to your home? Try tackling odd repair jobs around the outside of your home, starting with a few roof repairs. Chipped and peeling slates are in danger of peeling the pounds off your home’s value and can put your home at risk of water damage. If you’re happy to go the whole hog and create added space while you’re at it, add a roof dormer to keep the interior safe and add variety to the outside.

Add outdoor lighting

Nothing dates your home quite as much as dim or flickering porch lights and nothing discourages future buyers quicker either. Sufficient outdoor lighting is both stylish and a safety necessity for dark evenings. Whether you opt for sleek contemporary lights fitted to the brickwork or display them loud and proud in the form of traditional chrome or brass hanging lanterns, outdoor light fixtures are effortless elegance at its best and can work well with just about any style of home.

Transform your garden

However large or unassuming and ‘barely there’ your front garden is, there are always ways to make the most of it. From a quaint and modest flower bed to an impressive water feature, you can create an entirely different look on almost any budget. For small or non-existent front lawns, create an elegant stone path instead or perhaps even consider building a pond as this can add a personal touch and help strike an emotional chord with potential buyers.  

If you do have a healthy lawn bed, ensure you keep it at its best by regularly laying down weed killer and lawn care products to maintain a lush green appearance - sure to earn a definitive tick in the buyers impressed checklist.
If you’re looking to attempt some of these renovation ideas yourself, whether this involves some light brickwork or takes you as far as the roof, always ensure you stay safe with the appropriate equipment. A good place to start is with a robust expandable ladder - an indispensable tool for any aspiring DIY enthusiast who wishes to take on the tasks that require those hard-to-reach places. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

4 Inexpensive Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home

Winter can be an expensive and potentially dangerous season if you’re a homeowner.  For a start, the cool temperatures can lead to snow and ice which is poses a safety hazard, but it also creates a nasty chill which can be difficult to thaw off you don’t know any good winter-proofing techniques. To stop you from wasting time searching the internet, we’ve collected some of our favorite ideas from around the internet together into this handy guide, and the best news is that all of these ideas are free, or inexpensive, so keeping your home warm and safe shouldn't be a challenge this winter.

Free Wall Cavity and Roof Insulation
This is an excellent opportunity to keep your home heated through the winter that doesn’t cost you anything.  If you are classified by the government as a low earner, you can now apply for a grant to receive free wall or roof insulation.  The scheme is subsidized by the British government, and all you need to do to see if you qualify for it is fill out this form and you’ll be able to see if you are eligible. If you are, you could save hundreds of pounds on your heating bills over the winter, and for the years to come.  It won’t apply for everybody, but for those it does apply for, it’s an excellent money-saving, energy-saving coup.

 Outdoor Winter Weather-Proofing
The walk from the pavement to your front door might be treacherous during the holiday season as a result of ice and snow on the pavement and driveway.  To prevent this from becoming a safety hazard, you could grit the surfaces you usually walk down using rock salt, readily available from a company like Milford Fencing and Paving, as this stops snow and ice from settling.  When the snow does come, you should move your car into your garage as this will prevent you having to de-ice it in the morning before work, and you should use a shovel to clear away the snow drifts.  Don’t use boiling water, as this will simply freeze and turn into dangerous ice. 

 Inexpensive Craft and DIY Projects
Inside the home, there are some simple craft and DIY projects which you can use to block drafts and raise the temperature in your rooms.  One simple thing you can make are draft excluders.  Make these by taking a pair of old trousers, cutting off the legs, stuffing them with cushion stuffing and sewing up the ends.  If you buy draft excluders in shops, they can sometimes cost tens of pounds, whereas this solution is free and has vintage style.  Another small project you can implement is to glue aluminium foil behind your radiators, as this will prevent heat from escaping through the wall, saving energy and money – costing you the price of a few sheets of tin foil.

Ultimately, winter-proofing your home doesn’t need to be expensive, and if you follow some of the above ideas, you can have a safe and warm home all the way through winter.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Year, New Look?

Many of us see the New Year as the perfect chance for a brand new start. We can forget about the woes and troubles of the previous year and start focusing on what the future has to offer. The New Year is an incredibly exciting time and it is one that you should look forward to with glee. As we all know, the New Year is a time for a New Year’s resolution and, with the chance for a fresh start beckoning, why not use your resolution this year to transform the look of your home? There are some simple ways you can do this and here are just a few to whet your appetite:

Refresh, Renew, Rejuvenate
A new year should mean new décor, but, before you add these little touches, you should consider repainting the walls. New, fresh paintwork always makes your house appear more vibrant but, it is incredible how quickly it fades. For this reason, if you simply add some new décor to the walls, it will fail to sparkle, whereas if you paint first, you can really allow all of your decorations to shine.
As well as the walls, however, make sure you remember the other aspects of your room. If you have a solid wood floor for example, sanding it down and oiling it will help it keep its sheen. In the winter we trail all sorts of substances in on our shoes and these take their toll on our floors. Sanding it and oiling it will rebuild its defences, ensuring it stays hard wearing.

Take a More Thematic Approach
As the year changes, so do the styles and fashion. Although we automatically think that this change in fashion is only attributable to clothing, it also applies to home furnishings so, if you’ve got some tired looking decorations, now is the perfect time to swap and create a thematic approach that reflects current trends.

What’s more, because these are all design changes, they’re low cost and only require minimal effort- the perfect way to keep to that New Year’s resolution.

Tackle Those Big Jobs
As well as allowing you to refresh and renew, this New Year provides you with the perfect opportunity to tackle those big jobs you’ve been putting off for so long. To keep your resolution, you have all year to tackle them, but why not get it out of the way early?

If you’ve been thinking about building a conservatory, an extension or even having the loft renovated, now is the perfect time to do so. There’s no time like the present and this is the perfect way to commit yourself to creating a whole new look for your home. Obviously, the jobs don’t have to be this large, but anything you can do create a whole new look for your home will add up and you’ll feel like you’ll have a whole new home in no time.

To conclude, the New Year provides you with the perfect opportunity for you to rejuvenate your home and finally tackle those big jobs you’ve been putting off. Redecorating your home is now easier than ever and, nowadays, with companies such as Elcocks supplying everything you could ever need online, there really is nothing stopping you this New Year.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The 3 Best Cities in the North of England to Raise a Family

Whether you’re looking to relocate up north or you’re simply looking for somewhere safe to settle down and raise a family, the north of England has a lot to offer.  From its award-winning scenery, more affordable prices and local charm, there are infinite reasons why you might want to get your next home in the north, and there are plenty of cities to choose from.  So here are our top 3 cities in the north of England to raise a family.

Manchester earns its place on this list for its incredible city centre.  The centre of Manchester is a large, bustling metropolitan environment with an affordable, expansive tram system that can help you get in and out of the centre with ease.  It also means that you won’t necessarily need to buy a large car to get you and your kids into town – instead, you just have to hop on the tram and you can be in the thick of it in minutes – the perfect environment for any modern British family. 

Many people are surprised to know that Leeds is the 3rd largest city in the UK, and if you’re looking for a great place to bring up your kids, there are very few places better than Leeds.  One of the best thing about the city is that although the centre is a bustling metropolis like Manchester’s, it is surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales, and it has its very own three peaks hiking challenge, too. This means that you and your family can have a healthy blend of city life and the wilderness and beauty of nature, all within half an hour’s drive or train journey. 

Newcastle is the city which takes the top spot in this run-down of places to bring up your kids. Housing is extremely affordable, it’s surprisingly safe, the scenery is beautiful, and the nightlife and cultural scene is fantastic, with art galleries such as the Baltic and music venues such as the Sage setting the city apart from all others. On top of that, the city benefits from a fantastic metro system which is affordable and far-reaching and you can get to the beach from Newcastle city centre in just half an hour. 

So there you have it, our top 3 places to bring up your kids. So pick which one you think you might want to move to, and check out some houses on an online estate agents like Rite Home Estate Agents – you might be lucky and find your new family home.    

Friday, December 13, 2013

Space Saving Ways to Decorate your Home this Christmas

While you may be wishing for a 12 foot tree plucked fresh from the forest this Christmas, you may have to think of a more practical way to bring your home to life. However, if your home is small, compact rooms needn’t put a dampener on your Christmas spirit. If you want to make your home feel festive but you only have limited space to play with, here are a few tips and tricks to help you decorate your home regardless of its size.

Wall Stickers
One of this year’s hottest festive décor trends are wall stickers and this is especially good news for people who have small houses. Available in Christmassy colors such as gold and red, these chic wall stickers can add a festive feel to your home without taking up valuable space on the run up to Christmas. You can use them to jazz up any blank wall spaces and use them to create fabulous focus points around your home.

Seriously Good Shelving
If you don’t have the space needed to house a Christmas tree this year, get creative with shelving. Use shelves of different lengths and erect them starting with the smallest first. This will create the basic Christmas tree shape that you desire. The best thing about this DIY project is you don’t have to spend a fortune on tree decorations. Simply invest in a festive banner and use sparkly items from around your home to complete the display. You can use anything from photos to jars of sweets and trinket boxes. Top it off with a star shaped wall sticker to finish. You may need to invest in a few cordless tools from somewhere like Anglia Tool Centre to put up the shelves.

String Christmas Trees
If you want to save space but don’t have the home accessories required to create a shelf style Christmas tree, you can create something equally as visually stunning with string. This is great for saving money and space simultaneously. Creating the outline of the tree shape requires very little manual labour at all; you simply need a ball of neon string, a tape measure, a few nails and a hammer.

Beautiful Banisters
Decorating your banister is another great way to avoid taking up unnecessary room. You can use a variety of things to trim up your banister including garlands, fairy lights and baubles. Simply wind a garland around your banister and hang stockings to create a dramatic Christmas display. You can bulk out your garland with luxurious bows and berries to give it a traditional festive look.


Take it Outdoors
If you don’t have enough room to house a tree indoors, why not take your décor outside? You can jazz up your shed or outdoor fencing by creating the outline of a Christmas tree with fairy lights. Bear in mind that if you decide to take on this DIY project, you will need to invest in IP44 rated fairy lights so that they will be able to withstand the Christmas weather conditions. 

So, there you have it, five fabulously festive ideas to liven up your home decor this year.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to Create the Perfect Teen’s Bedroom

Your child is growing out of their fun and colorful room, and they want something a little more sophisticated, cool or inspirational for their bedroom. So how do you make the perfect bedroom for your young teenager? Follow this handy guide for a bedroom worth boasting about.

Do it Their Way

There’s no use redecorating if they don’t like it, is there? Their bedroom needs to be a retreat, where they can get away from nosy parents, do their homework (or not) and a place that they can express themselves. Whether they want it black or covered in football emblems, let them have their way.

Make it a scheme that will last by letting them loose on Pinterest or an interior design magazine, so they can pick colors that work together. Let them choose the entire scheme themselves and you might end up with something they’ll hate in a couple of years time.

 Be Practical
A young teenager’s bedroom needs to full fill several different needs. As young teenagers, they’ll still want to play with toys, but they will also need an area to study, to hang out with friends and to sleep. These spaces can overlap, but they all need to be there.

You’ll need to expand on your storage space, or utilize the space that you have. Replace the bed with a mid-sleeper bed from Bedz R Us  which frees up storage or play space.
Soundproofing the room is a really good idea too. A fire door and thick carpet works wonders when it comes to their loud music, staying up late and various instruments they might decide to take up.

You could even fit an en suite if you have enough room. They’re probably taking longer and longer in the bathroom, now that they’re becoming more like adults. A second bathroom for them, or for you, could mean that getting ready in the morning becomes much more efficient.

On the Cheap
You can find used furniture for nothing on the Internet, and with a little ingenuity on your part it could mean that you save lots of money. Sites like Freecycle offer second hand furniture for free, and all you have to do is pick it up and upcycle it so it looks as good as new.

Go neutral if you can’t afford a complete transformation. Instead, add personality with art or framed wallpaper, or you could even create a picture of them. Get a big picture frame and attach string from one side to the other. Then, using pegs, attach pictures, memorabilia and notes to create a cool collage that they can change as often as they like, like this one.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How to Immediately Impress Any Visitors

We are all aware of how first impressions count, and this is why there is such an emphasis put on appearances and dressing well, and this can also be applied to your home. Have you ever arrived at somebody’s home and immediately been impressed with the atmosphere and style that they have created? This is down to making their house look attractive and presentable, and for the best first impression this should start at the front of the house. For many people the first thing that you will see when you get near somebody’s home is the gate, so this is an area that is worth putting some thought and care into.

Too often people will have an old gate in place which does nothing to impress, and this means that you are not off to a good start. However if you show up to someone’s house and they have a new, beautiful and elegant gate in place then they will immediately be impressed with the appearance of your home, and know that you have put thought and effort into the style of your house. If you think that your house could do with some improvement then your first thought should be to start thinking about how you could improve the thing that people see and come into contact with first, and this will most likely be your gate and then your front door.

Making Your Own Unique Front Gate

There are all kinds of fantastic gate styles that you could go for and a variety of materials, finishes and colors to choose from, and it really depends on your personal taste, but you should also consider the building style of your home too as it should compliment this. There are also plenty of ways to make your gate a bit unique and special, and this is through the hardware that you use. By visiting hardware specialists, Barrier Components being an example, you can pick up hardware such as gate post caps, closers, metal hinges, gate stops, catches and more, and this allow you to build your own personal gate which is of top quality too, and this means it should last you a lifetime.

Having a beautiful gate outside your home will leave a good first impression on any visitors that you have round, and even the postman too! From here you can begin to think about other ways to improve your homes appearance, and you may want to think about other outdoor areas that will be seen, and this could be the front door, side gates and the front garden.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Modern Glam Christmas Home Tour

I totally put a spin on our Christmas décor this year.  While out getting ideas, I ran across some black ornaments and immediately knew that I wanted to challenge myself by using the least "Christmasy" color there was.  I almost purchased a ton of new ornaments and then I had a thought...I am the queen of spray paint, so I would just paint all of the ornaments that I already had in my attic.  And so it began....

I made a "clothesline" to hang the ornaments for painting out of fishing wire and wooden dowels from Home Depot

I also wanted to incorporate urns into our holiday décor and I did this using the Hunted Interior's tutorial found here

The only new ornaments that I picked up were the metallic bursts from Michaels, which I LOVE!

My pothead even got in the Christmas spirit with his black Santa hat.  He is actually hiding the fact that he lost all of his hair thanks to!  How did I manage to kill succulents (shrugging my shoulders here).

So without further adieu...Here's our Modern Glam Christmas Home Tour.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Revitalizing Your Home for a Quick Sale

If you want to sell your home quickly, it’s worth considering a company that specializes in speedy house sales. Quick Move Now promises to sell your house in seven days and provides a free estimating service. There are lots of reasons why you might wish to make a speedy sale, including divorce, repossession or having inherited the property. Whatever your circumstances however, there are tricks and tips for attracting the right buyer to your home.

First Impressions

The outside of your property is at least as important as the inside, particularly as it is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. A dingy front garden that hasn’t been cared for can put off a buyer before he or she has even walked through the front door. Get busy with the lawnmower and make sure the grass is neat and the bushes are trimmed. Having flowers in plant pots evokes a homely feeling and it’s also important to make sure that your house number is clearly visible. If the trim on your windows is faded, touch them up. This also goes for the front door.

Remove Distractions
Consider renting a storage unit as almost every home shows better with fewer pieces of furniture inside, making it appear larger. It’s probably a good idea to pack away your photographs, funny little knick-knacks and family heirlooms before you start conducting viewings. You don’t want to distract buyers with personal effects because it can prevent them from seeing themselves living in your property, something that is essential to making a sale. Cut down on clutter by packing up all the books from your bookshelves and clearing counters. Moving house can provide the perfect opportunity to cut down on the amount of junk you’ve acquired over the years. If you don’t use it, a charity shop is always a willing recipient. For favorite items and furnishings, remove them before you open the house for viewings. This means that buyers won’t get disappointed when they move in and realize that the gorgeous curtains or light fittings are no longer there.

Making Repairs
Do you want buyers to be put off your property because they think there’s too much work to be done to it? Avoid this by making as many minor repairs as possible. Holes in the walls should be patched, cracked tiles (floor or counter) replaced, leaking taps fixed and doors that don’t close should be sorted before viewings. Even small things like replacing light bulbs or worn bedspreads can make a big difference. Cleanliness is also important and some sellers like to have their properties professionally cleaned before they are ready for viewings. You can of course do this yourself, but make sure all the basics are covered:

  •  Sweep patio and front steps
  • Wash windows on both sides
  • Clean oven and refrigerator
  • Polish chrome and mirrors
  • Vacuum each day and hang fresh towels
  • Dust all furniture and light fittings
  • Bleach grout that has become discolored
  • Wax wooden floors
Remember to spend some time looking at your house from the outside and from the doorway of each room. Imagine you are a potential buyer and notice your own reactions.