With the property market booming and house prices continuing to steadily rise in the UK, more and more Britons are looking to buy or sell their homes in 2014. Many areas of the country are experiencing a significant increase in demand for properties; however recent research has shown that we are not making the most of our selling power when putting our home on the market.
A survey revealed that not cleaning your property thoroughly or keeping it well maintained could have a negative effect on its potential value. It also demonstrated that first impressions from an estate agent valuation, to placing an advert, and opening up your home for viewings are as important as ever for generating interest from prospective buyers.
Pam Bader, Chief Executive of MOLLY MAID,said of the findings: While it may seem common sense to properly clean and prepare a house prior to putting it on the market, the statistics show that many people don’t. Time pressures and the temptation to save money for cleaning and decorating a new home instead, mean that properties are often neglected prior to sale and don’t reach their full value potential.
With estate agents holding the key to the valuation of a property, many vendors could also lose out on securing the right price for their house even before putting it on the market, due to poor cleanliness and maintenance.