Top Tips for selling a Period Home

Thu 30 Mar 2017

 

You only get one chance to make a first impression

 

Make sure you present your home in the best possible light.  Give your front door a fresh coat of paint in a period colour to set the tone for the rest of the viewing.  Have a big tidy up and de-clutter, and above all else, make sure your home smells fresh and everything sparkles.

 

Restore the period Features

 

Period homes were usually solidly built, with beautiful architectural details, including sash windows, tiled or parquet flooring, cast-iron fireplaces, cornicing and high skirting boards. Fireplaces & radiators should be restored, or if they have been removed, replace them with originals.  Reclamation yards are a great place to buy many period fireplaces and other items, often at very reasonable prices.

 

Relocate the bathroom

 

Many smaller period homes have downstairs bathrooms, which can put off some buyers.  If you can, move the bathroom upstairs, and where the bathroom was can become an extension of the kitchen, or a useful utility room and cloakroom.

 

Repairs & maintenance

 

Get around to doing those little odd jobs that you have been “meaning” to do for a long time.  Fix the leaking tap, touch up the paint along the hallway, and oil that squeaking door hinge!

 

Professional photographs

 

It’s true, a picture paints a 1000 words, so make sure you have professional photographs of your property taken.  These will highlight all the beautiful features and make our home look appealing to buyers.

 

Choose the best agent for your type of home

 

Some agents deal with more period homes, some deal with many modern homes.  Use the agent that sells more period home as they will have buyers who are specifically looking for a period home.  Once they sell your home, they will also have more experience of dealing with any issues that may arise from your buyer’s survey.

 

 

 

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