"Don't go bland" says expert

Saturday, 12 May 2012

People who want to put their house or flat on the market should avoid the temptation to make "bland" changes to the property, according to one expert.

Homebuilding & Renovating magazine's editor, Jason Ormem, was asked whether "neutral" changes were the way to go for those wanting to see improved odds on their property's potential purchase.

He advised against, "to an extent, the bland approach that is obviously favoured by show homes and commercial house builders."

That was not what potential buyers wanted to find, he suggested, and it is actually better if there is "a bit of character" to a home.

The "personal" should not be entirely avoided, he said, when the message it sends is quite universal.

Those with young children who were tempted to get rid of their nursery space, might in fact be mistaken to do so, he said by way of example.

He also suggested that, in his opinion, people shouldn't worry themselves too much about making changes pre-sale.

Yesterday HSBC research suggested that giving windows a good wash was seen as a potential way to aid the swift selling of a house or flat by some 69 per cent of home dwellers. However, only 44 per cent of people who specialise in valuing properties shared this view.

This was one of several stats released by HSBC comparing such specialists with home-dwellers on the topic of potential changes to a property pre-sale.

Posted by Noel Martin. 

Copyright Adfero Ltd. 

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