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When it comes to selling a house, ‘staging’ is of the utmost importance. You might spend hours upon hours dusting ceiling corners, scrubbing at the kitchen floor or rearranging the furniture. However, there are other changes you could make which you might not have thought of.

Recent research carried out by  Carpettright explores how our living spaces can often dictate how we feel. Given that we spend 80 - 90% of our time indoors, it makes sense that, as people, we want to go to great lengths to ensure our surroundings make ourselves feel happy and positive.  

Key findings from the study found that three-quarters of people surveyed agree that the layout of a room can impact their mood. Two-thirds of the group found a messy room stress-inducing, while a third associate gardens with relaxation.

Feng Shui master, Alan Stirling, recognises that “our environment is very often an expression of how we feel inwardly. Ideally, it should inspire us to make the most of our lives from when we open our eyes in the morning and help us relax after a rewarding day”.

If Carpetright’s findings tell us anything, it’s that if we can positively influence how people feel when they step foot in our home, they are more likely to be open to purchasing. So, how can you harness this knowledge and achieve ultimate zen within your soon-to-be-sold home in preparation for viewings? 

 

Use Plants And Natural Materials To Your Advantage

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The study showed that 81% of participants agree that having an outdoor space at home is important. Many other studies have also shown that adding plants to your household creates a calming and colourful environment. 

Plants are quick and relatively inexpensive additions to make; simply head on down to your nearest garden centre and stock up on ones that go nicely with the colour palette and space you’re working with. According to Mark McCance, Director of Hortology.co.uk - The Indoor Plant Experts For Home & Office’, some of the best house plants include Dragon Trees, Kentia Palm and Snake Plants because of their air-purifying qualities.

“Plants in the home have generally been linked with improved well-being, optimism, calmness, particularly as they dampen sound in noisy environments, and a sense of stability and reduction in stress and anxiety”, says McCance. 

In addition, natural materials such as wooden flooting not only offset the human-made parts of your home visually but also have positive effects on yours and your guests’ mental states, simulating proximity to nature.  

“The introduction of greenery such as houseplants, green walls or natural materials is an important element of health and wellbeing”, says McCance. 

The abundance of plants and natural materials will leave your viewers feeling relaxed and calm, with a positive impression of your home. 

 

Change Up The Lighting

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You want your home to ideally be bright and airy when expecting visitors or viewings. A dingy, poorly lit environment will be an immediate turn-off to potential buyers, whereas standing lamps, intricate fairy lights or mood-boosting colour-changing LED lights signal warmth and comfort.

Lighting can instantly influence the mood of your guests, so it is definitely something to take into account when preparing your house for viewings.  

Stimulate Your Guests’ Senses With Smells And Sights

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This can be in the form of bright eye catching rugs, essential oil diffusers or scented candles. These small additions to your household stimulate at least one of the five senses and have a big impact on your space and how relaxed your guests will feel. 

Entering a house that smells divine and oozes colour is going to immediately impress your visitors. When it comes to décor, certain colours can evoke specific feelings and sentiments too; for example, yellow is associated with optimism, green and blue with harmony, while reds and oranges go hand in hand with warmth and excitement. Decide how you want your guests to feel and adjust your colour palette to suit. 

But this ‘sense awakening’ doesn’t have to be synonymous with splurging; miniature adjustments to cushions, rugs and small furnishings can make all the difference. 

Get Rid Of Clutter 

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It goes without saying that too much clutter can be very off-putting to potential buyers. By placing bits and pieces into storage units and boxes, you enable visitors to get a clear picture of the space on offer. Mess and clutter can often hinder this. 

Home organisation expert and Netflix show host Marie Kondo has taken the internet by storm with her trademarked ‘KonMari’ methods. By only keeping items that “spark joy” within you and discarding those that fail to have the same effect, you are able to both declutter and surround yourself with plenty of positive vibes. 

In addition to this, two-thirds of people feel stressed in messy rooms – the last thing you want your guests to feel when thinking of potentially buying your home. 

Why not ask your Alba Property Sales Agent for more hints and tips ?

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Scottish house prices are still increasing!

According to recent official government statis the average price of a property in Scotland was £149,461 , up 3.3% year on year.

See this link for the detail : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-house-price-index-scotland-march-2019/uk-house-price-index-scotland-march-2019

Here at Alba Property our  focus is on achieving the Best Price for all our cliients. We do this by providing solid advice which our clents can benefit from. 

Whether its preparing your home for sale or deciding how to best market your property   - rest assured we know the current market conditions and we also know the buyers!

Ask us about our data base of buyers actively looking for local property  !

If you are thinking about SELLING your property - why not call us on 01506 500 999 and arrange for one of our agents to provide you with a Home Valuation - its free of charge and without obligation.

 

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Our recent marketing campaign highlighted the current trend for Estate Agents to HIDE FEES!

Estate Agents often advertise LOW FEES - but then simply add them in to SOLICITORS FEES and HOME REPORTS..

So when a client pays the SOLICITOR or SURVEYOR - the Estate Agent receives a commission back which is really just a HIDDEN FEE!

These commissions are significant - ie £200 - £300 each! And many times Estate Agents contracts tie their clients in - so you end up having no choice but to PAY!

Alba Property advise all our clients to use trusted local solicitors and surveyors - We have special rates already agreed which all our clients have access to - with No HIDDEN FEES!

You may also notice that some agents charge for EXTRAS - like a floor plan , or marketing / photography etc etc

Alba Property offer a fully inclusive package - We dont charge extra for these items because we know that they are all REQUIRED in order to market a property to its best potential!

Dont be fooled by misleading Advertisements - if you would like to discuss any aspect of our offer, feel free to call us on 01506 500999 .

We are always happy to help.

West Lothian's property market is HOT just now - As we come into SUMMER, properties are SELLING FAST .

Call us to discuss to find out about our BEST PRICE FOCUS and how we can market your property to maximise its potential.

 

 

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As local property experts we have a large data base of LOCAL BUYERS - those people who are actively looking to buy property NOW!

We already know what they are looking for, whereabouts and how much their budget is.

We  are often able to line up buyers to view properties before the property even hits the internet portals - Rightmove, Zoopla, S1 etc or the FOR SALE sign goes up !

Because we are super confident that we might already know your buyer - we are now promoting our 21 DAY OFFER - Get an acceptable offer within 21 days or pay no selling fee!

Call us on 01506 500999 to arrange your FREE, NO OBLIGATION HOME VALUATION - and find out about our BEST PRICE FOCUS and how we will effectively market your property!

We never charge anything up-front and we always guarantee -  No Sale - No Fee !

 

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The recent trend towards online everything - from banking to travel agency - has also seen the entrance of online estate agents into the market . 

Of course local estate agents have been using online channels  since the internet started - we use Rightmove, Zoopla, S1 Homes, Facebook, etc , etc ..

Since the value of a property sale is so high, the service provided by a local estate agent is usually required to ensure  all the details are taken care of , and everything goes to plan.

However we also understand that some clients are keen to take on some of the responsbility themselves - and make cost savings in the process . 

This is why we have now introduced our onlline marketing option - you get the same level of conventional online marketing - via Rightmove, Zoopla & S1 homes- You even get the same access to our database of local buyers - but you handle your own viewings and a few other ' hands-on tasks ' which are usually covered by our normal service . 

Remember we are still actively marketing your property - so when prospective buyers call or email us to find out details - we are still happy to talk to them and tell them all about your property and the local area. The local connection and knowledge is still very important. 

If you are interested in an online marketing option - call us today on 01506 500 999!