So we have had three estate agents round to get a valuation of our house and an opinion on what, if anything, we should do to it to make sure it sells. One said we needn’t do anything at all.
I wonder if this is the last time we will see daffodils on the hall table on 2nd February in this house.
Number two said to remove all the stuff from the third bedroom, which has always been used as our “office” and put a bed in it so that people could see that it is actually big enough to use as a bedroom.
Number three said to remove all the small items of furniture from the living room and remove all objects from every surface in every room so that the house would look its best on the website, which is where most people look when they want to buy a house. Looking at his website the houses do indeed look fabulous and very enticing. He didn’t say anything about getting a bed for the third bedroom.
The interesting thing was that two of the agents were of the exact same opinion as to its value, within £5k. We were not impressed by number two who valued it £25k less and was very downbeat about everything. He was so miserable and uninspiring that I’m not surprised he gets less money for his clients.
We decided to go with number three. His approach was more brutal (his word) in terms of how we clear the place out and make it look good, but he seemed to have much more about him in terms of marketing, and his was the highest valuation. My theory is that we should go for it and aim to get as much as possible, because you can always reduce the price but you can’t put it up. Also, he is a young man who has a single, independent business, having started it last year when the company he worked for was taken over by a multiple whose methods he didn’t approve of.
He started off with one house to sell and has sold 170 in his first year. The aim is to have ours on the market on 1st March.
The one major thing we have decided to do ourselves is to replace some of the glass panels in the double glazed windows. The older ones have started to mist up and we don’t want potential buyers to be put off, thinking they will have a huge bill to replace all the windows. For a relatively modest outlay (less than £2,000) they will all look perfect. The interesting thing is that by using a local tradesman and flashing my Gold Card, we saved £400 !!
And to think that some people scoffed at the idea of me being so keen to get my “bus pass” !! Put that in your pipe and smoke it !!