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Our expert guide to preparing to sell your property

Here are our top tips on maximising the appeal of your property to achieve the best price.

1. Secure your boundaries

Resolve any boundary disputes as buyers like to be able to see what they are getting and get nervous if there are grey areas – such as public footpaths through gardens or badly defined shared access, including private roads. Ensure the rights of all concerned are properly defined.

2. Fix defects

Obvious defects such as rotting window frames are an immediate turn-off and it would be a wise move to get the work done.

3. Your dream kitchen

Kitchens can really help to sell a house but it can be difficult to recoup the cost of a high-end designer kitchen installed to enhance your chances of selling the property. Our advice is to spend money on a kitchen when you will have time to enjoy it, rather than as an investment in increasing the value of the house.

4. Schedule maintenance costs

This is particularly important for larger houses and listed buildings where high maintenance might be expected. Uncertainty about costs does discourage buyers.

5. Planning for extensions and conversions

Obtain planning permission and you highlight potential – without having to spend money on improvement.

6. Option adjacent land

If you can secure an option to buy, this will broaden the appeal of your property.

7. History homework

Buyers love a house with a history. Anything of national significance will usually be known but local research often yields minor gems that are of great interest to buyers and to the media.