In a competitive  market  you can generally sell a house faster by lowering the price. But there are other ways to enhance a home's attractiveness besides lowering the asking price. If you're looking to sell your home in the current market, read on for some tips from Edinburgh Estate Agents Blair Cadell on how to perhaps generate interest and get the best price possible.

Be different from your neighbours

In order to attract attention and to make your home more memorable, consider custom designs or additions, such as landscaping or high grade windows for example. This can help improve the home's aesthetics, while potentially adding value to the home. Any improvements should be practical and use colours and designs that will appeal to the widest possible audience.

However, while it can pay to spice up your home, don't over-improve it. If you're going to invest in home improvements, do your research and be sure to put your money into the things that are likely to get you the best return. In addition, if you have added any custom features that you think buyers will be interested in, make sure they are included in the Sales Particulars.

Clean the Clutter

It is imperative to remove all clutter from the home before showing it to potential buyers because they need to be able to picture themselves in the space. This might include removing some furniture to make rooms look bigger, and putting away family photographs and personal items. You may even want to hire a stager to help you make better use of the space.  Poss link here to ~HausHaus)

Sweeten the Deal

Another way to make the home and deal more attractive to buyers is to offer things or terms that might sweeten the pot.  For example, sellers that offer the buyer  a unique purchasing opportunity receive more attention from house hunters looking at similar homes. As you are no doubt fully aware  in a competitive  market, buyers are looking for a deal, so do your best to make them feel they're getting one.  Maybe even extend your maintenance contract for the boiler or an appliance or two fro 6 to 12 months after the settlement date.  . This could make a potential buyer feel more at ease, which in turn could make your home more attractive than a similar property on the market.

Improve your Kerb Appeal

Obvious as it may sound  the first thing a buyer sees is a home's external appearance and the way it fits into the surrounding neighbourhood.  Make certain that the exterior has a fresh coat of paint, and that the garden is well tended and tidy.   As in many walks of life appearances mean a lot and what better way to set your home apart than to make it attractive at first glance?

Get Your Home in "Move In" Condition

What this means is that you should aim to have the property  in move in condition to give potential buyers the impression that they will be able to move right in and start enjoying their new home, rather than spending time and money fixing it up.

Price It Right

Regardless of the above tips it is still important to price the home appropriately  and be aware of and realistic about market trends and expectations.

We are not  saying that you should aim to  to be the lowest priced home  in your street or are. Simply that your sale price is not out of line with other comparable homes on the market.

The Bottom Line

Selling a home in the current market undoubtedly  requires a little extra work. Do everything you can to get the home in excellent shape and be prepared to make some small concessions at closing. These tips, coupled with an attractive price, will increase the odds of getting your home sold.

For more advice and a FREE market valuation.  Contact Robin Davie or his assistant Marilyn Stewart free on 0800 515 626, or just click


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