How to make buyers fall in love with your house

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

The Times

August 22 2019, 5:00pm, 

The best ways to ensure a quick sale in a cold market

This six-bedroom home in Guildford, Surrey, comes with a converted barn with a further bedroom, kitchen and shower room. It is on sale for £2.7 million through Strutt & Parker

If you’re hoping to sell your house this autumn, there’s no time to waste. “Aim to launch in mid-September once the schools are back,” says Giles Cook, the head of Best Gapp, a residential agency. “This gives you approximately ten weeks to find a buyer. The clock is ticking if you want to exchange contracts pre-Christmas.”

Obviously everyone has an eye on the Brexit deadline of October 31. With uncertainty all round, Cook adds that sellers must be more flexible with access for viewings, sensible with pricing and organised with all legal paperwork to avoid unnecessary delays — good advice for Boris Johnson too, perhaps. So what else?

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