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Think I have decided to put house up for sale..any tips..??

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bikergran Tue 06-Aug-13 21:26:15

after thinking about it then putting it off then on then off..I/we (although the end decision will be mine) to put house up for sale.....I have never liked living here (nearly14 yrs|) in fact I have hated it..as never wanted to move from my old house....this was new build...cardboard house I call it! I was even up scaffolding 3 weeks ago painting all the outside! anyway OH has been shall we say "less tolerable" for quite some time now....but having insisted I get the Doc in last Monday..he is now on anti depressants...which help him sleep, he is loosing his sight so that is some of the problem but not all...I did initialy sugest we sell house split proceeds and go our separate ways (he would have no prob getting old folks bungalow/sheltered etc....anyway I have relented and said we will try and look for a small bungalow and small it will!! be by time we have sorted finances out there won't be much left.....anyway I have gone off my thread lol..as usual.
Any tips (Im aware of most....fresh bread lol....de cluttering etc) but what would put you ?? off a house if you went to view...as it's good to here other peoples views as we are all different.....I know next door is going to be a problem...as you have to walk past next door to get to our house..and next door is rented..grass not cut, front door never painted in 13 yrs....no letterbox on...wheelie bin outside...! in fact I shall prob undertake the job of painting the door and cutting the grass myself!! the lads only moved in last Friday so not had chance to do much yet...so any tips anyone?? what to do what not!! to do?? confusedphew need wine wine after that! lol

glammanana Wed 07-Aug-13 12:52:49

I could tell of some really horror stories of viewing properties from my house selling days,I worked for one of the largest Part Exchange builders in the Country for yrs,people thought that because we where interested in PXing with their property they didn't have to make any effort to "display" their home and many certainly didn't bother at all,it was a good job that we had staff shower's at Head Office the amount of times I came out of homes that where none to clean and left you feeling the same.

Mamie Wed 07-Aug-13 14:57:31

Butty, any photos would be better than those taken by French Estate Agents. Dirty washing up, piles of clothes, ironing boards up, clothes hanging over banisters, clutter, people in photos; I am sure you have laughed at them as we have!
I wonder if they need a five year training with lots of work placement to do it as badly as they do?

Pittcity Wed 07-Aug-13 16:03:07

Last time we sold the agent took ages moving stuff, taking the photo and then putting it all back....must've been a good'un smile

bikergran Wed 07-Aug-13 18:01:39

Gosh ! so many hints and tips..we moved from our lovely house to this so only had experience of this move.and is it was new build we didn't really have much to think about...didn't even have a survey on new house!

Yes I did wonder about removing photos.

Thankyou for all your kind thought's on my erm " relationship "lol. yes it is difficult and I am trying to look at it so that I will hopefully be ok if n when the time comes I am on my own..hence would like a clean slate.

Few reasons we would like to move..is..we are on a family estate, live in a close so not too bad, but are surround by 3/4 bed houses...when we bought ours, these other houses had not been built and to be honest never thought or looked what was being built around us!

next door has had approx. 9 possibly 12 new tenants, some good some bad, I have never liked the house I have hated it from day one and also our lovely black cat (Magic) escaped the night we arrived. sad
We are also moving for financial reasons,, straighten a few debts etc,,, the house we are in is small, open plan, we have built a conservatory on and it is quite pleasant,but my front door is on the side...very odd! if anyone remembers the old back to back terraced houses then this is the modern version...in fact I shall go and take few pics and maybe put on my profile later..
I won't be sad to leave this house, but we may end up staying as if we cannot find the property we like at the right price, and I already know it is going to be really tight...then we will just have to stay here. sad

ok taken everything on board smile mind you we may have hit a stumbling block already...OH said "I will ring the estate agents and tell them we are going ahead" ok I thought! keep his brain occupied, as I was busy with GS today....I comes home..he proudly announces" I rung the agents.and TOLD! them!! if they do it at( one % ) instead of one and a half % they can have our business!!!! angry

I said " it's not a &&** market stall!!!! grrrrrrrrrrrr.... they havn't rung us back now!! ok asking for one and a quarter, but one %!!! I feel he has offended them! I can see fun and games ahead..lol but I shall smile away lol...take care all and thanks...

BAnanas Wed 07-Aug-13 18:50:33

I absolutely agree with the comments regarding the programme House Doctor from a few years back, the problem with the presenter was that she came across as a bit sniffy and kept harking on about "you Brits" the implication being that we weren't a clean or very stylish race. Strange because a massive proportion of properties are being bought up by foreign investors here in the South East. Having said that the points she made about animal smells putting people off is very relevant. I have a friend who has a house full of animals, she also doesn't have a very good sense of smell, she had a dog a while back that reeked to high heaven. I remember when we discussed the House Doctor programme she thought the American woman's comments about animals were outrageous, we ended up arguing about it, I said as far as I was concerned selling a house was a business deal if you are aiming for the best price possible you should be prepared to smarten your property up, neutralise smells and farm out pets if necessary. I hasten to add I do like animals but a very doggy smell is off putting. I also can't understand people who present their properties with overflowing bins and unmade beds for heaven's sake. We sold our last house in two weeks, it was cleaned from top to bottom, the children were made to put everything away, it was hard living in what I considered quite an unnatural state for that brief period. The bath, the shower, basins and sink had to be buffed up after use, but it did achieve the end result we wanted. If I were to sell the house we are presently in I would be inclined to go for one of these "open day" affairs get the house looking at it's absolute best, offloading as much clutter as possible then go out and hand over to the estate agents and let them line up appointments for that day.

bikergran what a shame about your neighbours I do sympathise and hopefully you will sell and when you move you will get better ones, fingers crossed for you.

jeanie99 Thu 08-Aug-13 01:54:11

Think very carefully about selling your home if the end result might mean there is not enough to split the price and buy separate houses.
Do your research on property prices thru right move, this will give you an indicator of what you can get for your money.
Get at least three agents to value your property, make sure you get the value in writing with the costs for selling,including board,adverts etc.

Factor in estate agent fees
Solicitor fees for selling and buying, get several quotes in writing, this is based on the selling and buying price and whether your property is leasehold or freehold. Ask if the price includes VAT and all searches.
Do you have stamp duty to pay on the property you buy.
Surveyor cost, you will need at least the basic survey.
Removal costs, pack yourself to save money.
When viewing properties find out the general rate and water rate cost per year.
If the property has full double glazing,cavity wall, how old the house is,
are the carpets curtains light fittings included. How old is the boiler, do they have serviced regularly. Is the loft insulated and have a look up there.
Buying and selling costs can add up.
You will need permission to paint the next door neighbours door.
Hanging baskets look good outside if you have the room or tubs.
Clear up any rubbish in the garden and tidy.
Main thing is have your home spotlessly clean including windows inside and out and no smells, there's nothing puts people off more than a smelly house.
Get out the paint brush if the decorating is the worse for wear and clean carpets to freshen them up.
Put the lights on in dark rooms.
Goes without saying get rid of the junk.
Have a mat for people to wipe their feet before they come in.
Ask viewers what their position is, have they sold, is their house on the market.
Fresh ground coffee is a nice smell as is freshly baked bread.
When showing people round tell them about the rooms allowing them to walk in first and provide information about the area including schools nearest shops if there is a church or shop nearby if you are on a bus route etc. Never say anything negative.

JessM Thu 08-Aug-13 06:07:49

great advice list jeanie99 .
I would add that maybe spring is a better time to put on the market and that it just took me 6 months to get my house spruced up, decluttered and ready to rent...
But don't be worried about your OH negotiating the rate with estate agents.

bikergran Thu 08-Aug-13 08:51:31

Hi all my initial suggestion of splitting etc...was I think to shock OH into seeking medical help...I may have thought about it but if it actualy came to "doing" it! I dont think I could.
Thanks for all the tips...etc.....we /I have just decorated right through the house, changed curtains, new carpet , garden is full! of flowers, tidy and neat (few bits lying around)..the house is ready to walk into without having anything to do, apart from personal choice etc and the kitchen could do with updating. but other than that it has been well maintained.

I am ringing another estate agents today..so we shall see how things go.
bfn have a lovely day

glammanana Thu 08-Aug-13 12:13:52

Well done you biker sounds like you have been busy,time to relax a wee bit and put your feet up and just wait for those buyers.smile

bikergran Thu 08-Aug-13 18:27:39

lol thanks glamma..smile and all....smile