Im going to honest and straight to the point here, I’ve always been shocked by the shoddy and often filthy state in which sellers proudly present their biggest asset, their home.
Damp stains and dirty dishes, manky carpets and suspicious odours, blaring TV sets and moulting dogs… and the owner still expects someone to fork out hundreds of thousand pounds to take that shit-hole off their hands.
If you buy a house in the UK you can expect to get taken to the cleaners. We have the smallest homes and the most inflated prices in Europe, and you get the filth for free.
And it doesn’t stop there. They also remove nearly all their furniture, leaving only the odd decorative sofa, dinner table, bed and rug to make the place look stylish and desirable. They de-clutter every corner and hide it in their loft, garage or parents’ house or storage centre until the property is sold.
Then they add nice little touches, like decorative candles, bowls of fruit, and fresh flowers.
I assisted a friend when he sold his small £135,000 flat in Manchester City Centre, he paid for the wooden floors to be polished, and replaced every single kitchen unit.
And because of this we sold it within 4 days to the 2nd viewer…very close to the asking price
Sell within 21 days
Now I don’t expect you to go to the same extremes. For a start, we’re British, and instinctively suspicious of people who try too hard.
However, my process for the property market also works differently, with people attending at special pre-arranged mass viewings, whereas most UK buyers turn up willy-nilly, often over several weeks or months until the property is sold.
So next time you sell, give it a go. My methods when selling works….and it works a treat!!