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No viewings for a few weeks?  Plenty of viewings but no one wants to buy? Try these three simple steps and see what happens!

1. Call your agent! Make sure you’re on his mind so that if a potential buyer calls the office, he’ll mention your home first.

2. Take some new photographs of your garden in beautiful autumnal light, so that your images are seasonal and fresh.

3. Treat your beds to some new, contemporary bedding. It will freshen up your bedrooms in an instant.

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So you’ve chosen your estate agent, decided upon an asking price, and planned your launch date.  Your home is looking wonderful: carpets cleaned, and the whole house spring-cleaned.  All that remains is some finishing touches.  But what accessories represent the best investment when you’re trying to give your house that extra presentation polish to wow your buyers?

1.   Cushions – a really easy way to instantly update that fading suite and add colour, texture and interest at the same time.

2.   Rugs – a large, deep rug can transform a room, adding warmth and style.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on them; decide on a budget and stick to it.  You should be able to get a large rug, say 8’ x 4’, for under £150 if you shop around.

3.   Fruit and flowers – try big glass bowls or wide vases of fruit in the kitchen to add colour; fill full of just one type of fruit (oranges, green apples or lemons look wonderful) for instant contemporary style.  Make sure flower arrangements are in keeping with the style of the house and also the room: long elegant Cala lilies are great on a large dining table, and little hand-tied posies are just right for a rustic kitchen.  Choose carefully for maximum effect.

4.   Toiletries –choose the very best you can afford here; it matters: a little Molton Brown goes a long way!  Again, make sure that they are kept for viewings only.

5.   New bedding – especially for the master bedroom, where it matters most to your buyers.  Choose a subtle style that isn’t too garish or flowery, and add some cushions and a good quality throw.  For the other bedrooms, adding new plain bedding with some tasteful cushions and throws can update them inexpensively.

6.   Towels – used towels never quite look the same as brand new ones; treat your home to some gorgeous new towels, and make sure that no one uses them – they’re just for show!  Whip them away and hide them after each viewing so they stay looking their best.

7.   Atmosphere – in the form of soft music and gentle fragrances.  Choose soothing background music to encourage buyers to linger, and scented candles in subtle fragrances to provide the finishing touch.

Where to buy:

To stay up to date with current trends, colours and styles without breaking the bank, try these high street retailers:

Next – great range of coordinated soft furnishings and home accessories at value-for-money prices.

Marks and Spencer – usually a little more traditional, so better for older homes in the main.

John Lewis – my favourite, but the more expensive of my suggestions.  Great for sumptuous fabrics and decorative touches.

Matalan– not the best quality, but you definitely get a lot for your money!  Right on trend, and full of bargain pieces like vases and ornaments.  Well worth a visit.

House to Home -great online website for sourcing all the things you’ll need, and finding inspiration too

eBay – A fantastic resource for homewares, both new and second hand.  You can search by item, size, colour, shape, you name it.  I once furnished almost an entire house for sale from eBay, and saved a fortune.  Try it!

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10 Top Tips for Winter selling

Selling a house in the wintertime is never easy.  Your garden is looking far from its best, dogs and children are wont to bring in mud and leaves, and everything looks so grey.   I’ve put together a list of 10 Top Tips to help you market your home more successfully during a typical soggy English winter:

1. Have a strict rule with boots and shoes – off at the front door then away out of sight.

2. Have your carpets cleaned if necessary to make sure they are looking their best.

3. Keep muddy wet dogs out of the house – in the car or with a neighbour. A non-doggy lover will be very sensitive to any aromas of wet dog.

4. Have your outside hard areas professionally cleaned.  Getting rid of leaves and debris, and power-washing any grubby areas will really help your garden look well cared for.

5. Put away your garden furniture if it is plastic or wood; if it’s metal, you can leave it out so long as it doesn’t look too forlorn.  Make sure tables and chairs are arranged nicely, and store your parasol away for next year.

6. Place lots of bird feeders around your garden at strategic areas, outside windows.  Your viewers will be enchanted to see all the wild birds feeding on them.

7. Keep your home warm and cosy at all times, ready for a viewing.  If you have a real fire, keep it laid ready for lighting, and have all your side lamps lit throughout the house.  Don’t shut your curtains until at least 8pm, to give any drive-by viewers the chance to see how welcoming your home looks from outside.

8. Stop all viewings over Christmas; your home never looks its best covered in Christmas decorations with your living room dominated by the tree.  At the very least, it will give you a break whilst you’ve got so much to do.

9. Offer viewers a hot drink and a comforting treat, like a piece of homemade gingerbread.

10. If possible, dress beds with darker coloured bedding sets, and drape with blankets and quilts for a super cosy look.

Follow these ten tips and you could be moved by the time the snowdrops appear!

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