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Advice for Sellers


Miranda at Home

Miranda at Home

Miranda at Home

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There are plenty of 'For Sale' boards up around Olney. If you on the market or thinking about putting your home on, there are many steps you can take to help achieve a quick and hassle free sale. Miranda Fountaine is an interior designer based near Olney, and also writes for glossy magazines. Here she explains how a 'house doctor' - an idea imported from America - works here.  

"In this difficult market it is imperative to make a good first mpression. Many people are now employing a House Doctor/Interior Designer to make sure the first impression is a positive one.  If your home is well presented for the open market from the outset, this will increase viewings and in turn result in good offers.

However, don’t be dissuaded if your house is already on the market as it is not too late to seek help.  If you take professional advice and make some minor changes to your property it can then be re-marketed as if starting afresh.  For example, a recent client of mine had her flat on the market in a fantastic location for three months with many viewings but no offers.  I visited and made some small but vital changes while I was there and this resulted in two offers within the week close to the asking price.  All it cost her was my small fee and some accessories that I suggested her she buy. The client was thrilled and said she had wished she had used me from the beginning.

Selling a property can be a very stressful experience for all involved and it can also result in missing out on your next house purchase.  If you have lived at the same address for a long time it can be difficult to notice simple changes that would be obvious to someone like myself.  Therefore it is always a good idea to have a professional to give you advice with a fresh outlook.

Doing this does not have to be expensive and can be a very effective way of achieving good results. After all selling a property is probably the biggest transaction you will make."