How your property could stand out in the market

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WITH the local property market showing signs of buoyancy and growth, now is a great time to sell or rent out your home and move in time for summer, say Rugby estate and letting agent Cadman Homes.

The agency has seen a dramatic increase in sales over the last year and with increasing levels of buyers looking for property in the area, and strong demand from tenants.

Adam McHenry, head of sales at Cadman in Castle Street, has some tips to make sure your house is ready for viewings.

“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when showing potential buyers or tenants your home the saying has a monetary value. “Make sure your property is shown at its best - clean, tidy, well lit, well decorated properties with clean fittings and furniture (if applicable) and no ‘clutter’,” he said.

“Well-presented kitchens and bathrooms are especially important, tidy away bottles of bubble bath etc and maybe even put some ‘staging’ items on display like perfume bottles, sea shells or nice looking towels.

“Unpleasant odours from pets, smokers or blocked drains can be particularly off-putting, as can tatty furniture and fittings and clutter.

“Some people are often rushed or arrive late for viewings, a lot of the time they have a string of viewings lined up with different agents one after another so your house has to stand out from the crowd.

“If the building’s exterior is dirty or scruffy, in need of painting or re-plastering, this can be a real turn-off to viewers.

“Also bear in mind the potentially negative effect on your chances of securing a buyer or tenant quickly, and maximising your price.

“A ‘double bedroom and study’ might sound alluring to a young professional couple, where ‘two bedrooms’ is preferable for a family. Is there a second bathroom? Is there somewhere for a computer workstation if there is no separate study/office?

“If there aren’t fitted cupboards in a property, make sure you work out if and where you can put storage space.

“Be sure to look for damp, discoloured patches and/or cracks on the walls. Damp and subsidence are more common in older properties, but sometimes ventilation is all that’s required to get rid of condensation staining for example.”

The moral of the story is proper planning in advance will make your property more appealing, and make the move a lot less stressful as you will not have to worry so much about bad feedback and you should expect more interest in your property.

Some time and maybe a few quid upfront and it’ll pay dividends in the long run.”

Cadman Homes is a family owned and operated estate and letting agents based at 1 Castle Street in Rugby.

They have over 50 years of local experience and offer a 24/7 phone line for clients as well as a seven days a week service.

Having recently joined he ‘Smile’ loyalty scheme in Rugby they are offering a range of discounts and incentives for sales and lettings.

Telephone (01788) 560905 or email today.