Sarah Beeny's top tips...buying and selling

With the property market still in recovery, property expert and founder of Sarah Beeny gives her top tips on buying and selling your home...


Tip 1

When you are buying your first home be really realistic about how much you can afford. There is nothing worse than sleepless night because you can’t pay your mortgage.

Tip 2

If you are buying your first home, especially if you are young and don’t have lots of commitments, think about moving to an area that maybe isn’t quite so smart but you get more value for your money.

You don’t need to live right, slap, bang next to Starbucks.

Tip 3

If you are struggling to afford a home to buy but you really do want to buy, think about buying with someone else.

The most important thing is to make sure you have a clear document that states what happens when one of you wants to leave or one of you wants to move out.

Tip 4

Do think very carefully before you keep hold of your home and rent it out and buy another one to live in. You just need to make sure that the figures really do stack up and that you are not actually spending more than it’s going to make you ever in the long run.

Tip 5

The most important rule when you are trying to achieve a good sale price is to clean the house. Make sure the windows are clean, make sure that the carpets are clean, there is nothing worse than grime.

Tip 6

This goes along with the first one, but make sure you don’t have a smelly home as well. Pets and cigarettes might not smell to you, but they smell really strong to people who aren’t used to them, so make sure you smoke outside if your house is on the market.

Tip 7

Have the courage to put your house on to, its free to put it on and if you sell it through it – which lots and lots of people now are – you save yourself up to £10,000, so if you have got something better to do with £10,000, sell your house yourself on

Tip 8

When it comes to selling your home don’t follow the people round, who are looking round and kind of point out everything to them, saying this is a door and this is a wall, let them breathe a bit and let them have a conversation, and let them enjoy being in your home because that is the most likely situation they are going to be in when they want to buy it.

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