Get Your House Ready For A Quick Sale

Posted: 30th June 2016

Practical and handy points to consider when preparing to put your home on the market… and the best tips for securing a fast sale.

Ready to sell? We at Nicol Estate Agents pride ourselves on taking a personal approach to finding you the perfect home, and finding your home the perfect buyer. And although we have been in a seller’s market for quite some time, in a popular area like Newton Mearns sellers can get quite competitive as well. So you may have to make some considerations when selling your home, and especially so if you’d like to secure a quick sale.

Here are a few handy tips that work in our experience:

It’s All About the Curb Appeal

We all know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but when it comes to houses, buyers would perhaps disagree with this age old maxim.

In a survey conducted last year, over 70% of buyers said that they considered a property’s curb appeal to be the most important issue when buying a home, and research shows that houses with a clean, well-kept appearance sell faster by 15 days on average when compared to houses which have a bland, uninviting appearance.

It makes sense. When it comes to buying a home, there are few things that have more impact than a strong first impression. Think about what the buyer is seeing when they arrive at your property for the first time. Would a few potted plants make the entranceway more inviting? How does the lighting look? Might the bold, red doorway not be to everyone’s taste?

It’s all in the details, and these small touches could make all the difference.

A Warm, Scented Welcome

You have got the outside sorted, but what about the first step inside?! It is a known fact that beautiful smells are persuasive for the human mind, so although we would not encourage you to start baking for viewings, a tidy, airy home that smells like fresh blooms makes a big impact. Try to half empty your wardrobes, so they give the impression of space and not clutter or, if you have a spare bedroom, or office space, why not give a splash of paint and turn it into a kids room?!

Update Your Kitchen

It is age old wisdom that beautiful kitchens sell homes, and especially so for families, where kitchens are the true heart of a household. As recently explained by Gideon Robinson, interior designer, a beautiful kitchen with good quality finishes makes a big impact on lifestyle in general and buyers are extremely perceptive to an attractive, open space where to spend quality time while cooking or having dinner.

Set Your Price Right

Setting the right price for the right home is as much a science as it is an art. It highly depends on many clear factors like location and the specifics of the house, the local history of buys and sells but there is also the flair and sixth sense of an estate agent that can make a huge difference in how your home is priced (maybe some good insight on what buyers are looking for as well). A house that is overpriced will spend too long on the market and will struggle to raise interest, while an underpriced home will not bring you the value your home deserves. Chatting to us before you decide to price your home might make a big difference, as we are highly experienced in pricing properties that sell.

Know Your Audience

Research conducted earlier this year shows that millennials (buyers defined as 35 and under) make up the largest number of recent homebuyers, and that they are looking to buy homes in suburban areas as they settle into comfortable family life.

Newton Mearns is a particularly attractive destination for those with young families as the area offers a range of leisure and outdoors facilities, the highest standard of local amenities, as well as proximity to some of the most respected schools in the country, such as Mearns Castle High School, Williamwood High School, Eastwood High School, Mearns Primary School, and Kirkhill Primary School amongst others.

East Renfrewshire is a very popular area, with competitive buyers and savvy sellers but most importantly – beautiful homes. If you’re preparing to sell your home in Newton Mearns, it’s important to let the buyer know the excellent qualities the area has to offer.

As one of the most desirable suburban districts for Glasgow, East Renfrewshire is perfect for those who work in the city, but don’t want the hustle and bustle that comes with city centre living, and the inflated pricing that comes with it.  Thus, this should be kept in mind when selling your home. It’s helpful to have an idea in your mind of who you’d like to sell to so you can highlight the features which make your home so special and at Nicol Estate Agents, we are the experts of understanding and positioning your home on the market for the right target audience.


Whatever your reason for moving; whether it's for extra space, to downsize or you may simply have found your dream home, Nicol can help. Our knowledge of the local property market helps us develop a marketing plan that's right for you and your property.
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If you are planning on selling your home, contact Nicol Estate Agents today for an appraisal of your property. Our Managing Director Douglas Nicol and Estate Agent and Valuer Daniel Cohen carry out hundreds of market appraisals every year, giving them an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the property market in Glasgow, from city centre apartments to family homes and building plots. We will talk to you about the property market in your area, compare sales evidence, local demand for similar properties, outline our tailored marketing plan and provide details of our sales support strategy right through to completion.