Prepare your home for the best possible sale

Prepare your home for the best possible sale

Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, then you’ll want to ensure that you sell your home for the best price and sell it quickly. If there’s a delay with your sale, then it could ultimately mean that you miss out on buying your dream property, and that would be a huge disappointment. With that in mind, here are some of the steps that you can take to prepare your home for the best possible outcome.

Improve the curb appeal

One of the first things you need to think about is the curb appeal of your property. Curb appeal gives the first impression that buyers will get of your home – a lack of it could stop them from even entering the property. As such, it’s important to explore ways that you can enhance your home curb appeal. There are lots of steps that you can take to do this. For instance, you could focus on enhancing your garden with attractive potted plants. Or you may want to keep your lawn as neatly mown as possible. These are excellent options as it can make your garden appear significantly larger and grander overall. You could also employ professional painters to ensure that your home looks fresh and well maintained both outside and in before you decide to sell.

Tackle the right fixes

Next, you should make sure that you’re thinking about how to complete all those niggly repair jobs around your home. This could include little tasks like filling in holes in the walls left when you remove artwork or something more considerable like fixing the roof. You may think that buyers aren’t going to notice if there’s an issue with your roof, but this isn’t the case. In reality, the roof is one of the first things they’ll take notice of because buyers are aware that this is one of the most expensive issues to fix with a property. If you’re worried about this, then you may want to consider getting a professional contractor to complete any necessary work for you.

Modern features

Another option would be to add modern features to your home. This is going to make your property more attractive to many buyers. For instance, you could install a heat induction hob in your kitchen. As well as looking incredible, induction hobs only heat the base of the pan or pot that you’re using, not the cooker surface. As such, they’re fantastic energy savers and the safe choice for an eco-friendly property.

Photography

Finally, once, you’ve completed the right changes to your property, you then need to think about how to market your home. There are lots of ways to do this, but arguably the best step will be to use photography. Home photography will be used in everything from a paper brochure for your home to an online listing of the property. You can use the photographs taken by the estate agent. Alternatively, you can do it yourself, or hire a professional photographer if you’re not happy with the images the estate agent has provided.

We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you can take to prepare your home for a successful sale in the future.

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Auction Alert: Get An Unusual Gift For Christmas

Original Royal Doulton "The Beatles" toby jugs

All the big stores have now launched their TV Christmas ads, so I guess it’s time for us to start thinking about embarking on our Christmas shopping. ‘Get An Unusual Gift For Christmas’ is the tag line of this week’s timed auction; lots end on Sunday 26th November 2023 from 7pm.

Smile Scotland is an auction house with a difference. It’s a registered charity doing good in its local community and beyond:

At Smile Scotland we are passionate about supporting people into employment that find that challenging to do on their own. We’ve been doing this really successfully since 2014, supporting over 1500 people!

We will empower people in Scotland with the skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to overcome the barriers that they face when getting into, or sustaining employment. We are doing this in order that they can avoid living in poverty and can sustain positive mental and physical health and well-being. Through education and training, discriminating factors such as mental ill-health; physical ill-health and disability; additional learning and support needs; criminal backgrounds; and homelessness will be overcome.

2 x Folio Society volumes with cases

Lot 12: 2 x Folio Society volumes with cases

Hans Andersons Fairytales, illustrated by W Heath Robinson (1995) and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1996), in excellent condition

Shetland knitting belt

Lot 15: Shetland knitting belt

In very good order

12 x unframed Oriental Japanese silk textured prints

Lot 24: 12 x unframed Oriental Japanese silk textured prints

Vintage Omega Seamaster

Lot 113: Vintage Omega Seamaster

With square two-tone dial automatic watch with date

Vintage Sindy accessories

Lot 129: Vintage Sindy accessories

To include, Sindy Hair dryer 44524, Sindy Settee 44518, Sindy Eastham E-line floor cupboard 44549 & Sindy Shower 44573

Vintage American patchwork quilt

Lot 139: Vintage American patchwork quilt

(200 x 200cm approx) and a vintage Chintz small eiderdown (140 x 100cm approx)

Antique Centurion Port Mirror

Lot 158: Antique Centurion Port Mirror

The Wine of Quality 36 x 27cm approx; very, very rare

Original Royal Doulton "The Beatles" toby jugs

Lot 172: Original Royal Doulton “The Beatles” toby jugs

Signed Stanley James Taylor, Royal Doulton Tableware Ltd 1984

Antique wooden and leather jingle sleigh bells instrument

Lot 176: Antique wooden and leather jingle sleigh bells instrument

Vintage large Tonka Toy Caterpillar

Lot 200: Vintage large Tonka Toy Caterpillar

Auction alert: Contents of an HNW executive home

Contents of music room

This week, we’re featuring a fairly unique sale. It’s the entire contents of an HNW executive home – to include designer furniture, lighting, cinema, gym, snooker table, garden furniture & more. It takes the format of a timed auction, that ends from: 28th September 2023, 1pm.

As the ‘Through the Keyhole‘ catchphrase goes, “Who would live in a house like this?”. I had to Google the term, ‘HNW’; it’s short for ‘High Net Worth’. I’d guess at the owner being a premiership footballer, international pop star, London banker, Oligarch or member of the Saudi Royal Family. It’s the kind of home that would grace the centre spread of Hello or OK Magazine.

Anyhow, the top-end fixtures & furnishings are being sold off, room by room. If you’ve just bought yourself a new mansion, you could furnish it in one fell swoop. But don’t expect to get anything dirt cheap – most of the 95 lots already have hefty bids on them – but none have even reached the reserve prices.

I’m shocked at the slushy drinks machine; bidding is already up to £600 (a figure that’s still below the reserve). How much does one of those cost brand new?

On top of the winning bid amount, there’s a buyer’s premium of 20% (not including VAT). The auction is to be held in North London – therefore, you need to ensure that you can get there to collect if you are a winning bidder, and have the knowledge and capacity to break down and carry away your purchases if necessary:

Collection is strictly by appointment. You must book your time slot to collect. It is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange for decommission, dismantling, removal and loading of items within the timescale specified. We do not offer a Delivery or Decommissioning service unless it is specifically stated in the individual lot description

Contents of kitchen

Lot 1: Contents of kitchen

Includes all appliances shown: GAGGENAU 5 burner range, double sink, wine cooler, double fridge, ovens, coffee machine, dishwasher, marble worktop, glass surround extractor, faulty hot tap. EXCLUDES ceiling lights. To be dismantled and removed by the buyer
Current bid: £8,500

Licht Im Raum Stilio 10/7 glass chandelier

Lot 10: Licht Im Raum Stilio 10/7 glass chandelier

The basic elements of the Stilio collection can be stringed together like a string of pearls and combine playfully our system concept with refined light that never dazzles. The long success story of our Stilio-family has started 2005 with the beautiful basic module. Each light head is equipped with dimmable LED filament lamps. To be disconnected, dismantled and removed by the buyer
Current bid: £200

Vitra soft pad chair EA 219 by Charles & Ray Eames Plus 5 x chairs in the style of Vitra & meeting table

Lot 15: 1 x Vitra soft pad chair EA 219 by Charles & Ray Eames

Plus 5 x chairs in the style of Vitra & meeting table
The model EA 219 are the office swivel chairs in the Soft Pad Group by Charles and Ray Eames. Their dignified aura makes them especially suited for management areas. The extraordinary comfort of the chairs results from the combined effect of their tilt mechanism, which can be adjusted to the user’s weight, and the soft upholstery. Signs of general use. To be dismantled and removed by the buyer
Current bid: £1,600

Tom Dixon copper pendant light

Lot 25: Tom Dixon copper pendant light

Intended to create an extravagantly proportioned spotlight that could warm the greenish hue of early LEDs and create a more appealing luminosity, Copper shade is an over-sized, blow moulded and perfectly reflective globe that kick started the recent craze for copper in interiors the world over. To be removed by the buyer
Current bid: £300

Minotti Still side table in glossy gold nickel

Lot 30: Minotti Still side table in glossy gold nickel

Light and fine quality draw your attention immediately. Yet Still can also boast a profound dimension, minimal elegance as linking up six identical circles in the cube. Nor does the interplay of reflections, of full and empty spaces, avoid Baroque echoes. Design beyond design. Metal Ornament. To be removed by the buyer
Current bid: £300

Slush machine

Lot 50: Slush machine

Untested, 240v. To be removed by the buyer
Current bid: £600

Contents of utility room

Lot 58: Contents of utility room

Appliance unit H 266 W 135 D 71
Current bid: £1,000

Contents of music room

Lot 62: Contents of music room

Includes: Diesel stud stools, Ingo Maurer Campari lights, acoustic panelling. Excludes: CDJ’s, mixers, vinyl/CD’s, bass guitar
Current bid: £800

Auction alert: 20th Century Design sale

ALESSI electric kettle for Philips, type HD2001/A

Burstow & Hewett – who are located in Battle, East Sussex – are holding their 20th Century Design sale on the 22nd September 2022 from 10am.

We featured Burstow & Hewett earlier this year and here they are once again. They really do sell the best quality mid century modern furniture, homewares and accessories.

There’s a buyer’s premium and internet surcharge of 24% inc. VAT on top of the winning bid amount. Online bidding is also available via the EasyLiveAuction and The Saleroom websites. Check their websites for additional charges.

HANS BATTRUD, a set of 6 Scandia bent wood dining chairs

Lot 1502: HANS BATTRUD, a set of 6 Scandia bent wood dining chairs, height 93cm
Pitting to leg frames, some wear to rubber feet consistent with age and use, no labels.
Estimate: £500 – £800

ALESSI electric kettle for Philips, type HD2001/A

Lot 1504: An ALESSI electric kettle for Philips, type HD2001/A, in original box
Unused condition, in original box with wrapping and papers.
Estimate: £60 – £100

A mid-century Digitor alarm clock

Lot 1506: A mid-century Digitor alarm clock, width 10cm
Some paint chips to face, working order.
Estimate: £30 – £50

VICKE LINDSTRAND for Kosta, a rare large size ruby red Zebra vase

Lot 1515: VICKE LINDSTRAND for Kosta, a rare large size ruby red Zebra vase
Circa 1955, numbered LH1114, height 21cm. Good condition, no chips, cracks or restoration. Originally sold by the Swedish design store Wettergens.
Estimate: £600 – £800

TONY CRAGG, a designer trowel for Homebase in 2000, in partnership with Tate Gallery "At Home with Art"

Lot 1522: TONY CRAGG, a designer trowel for Homebase in 2000
In partnership with Tate Gallery “At Home with Art”, in original box. Good condition, box has tears to lid.
Estimate: £30 – £50

JULIETTE BELARTI, a tile topped coffee table, on brushed steel frame

Lot 1523: JULIETTE BELARTI, a tile topped coffee table
On brushed steel frame, signed tile, H 38 x 109 x 66cm. Good condition, no chips or cracks to tiles.
Estimate: £150 – £250

A mid-century design bolt of cotton fabric, with cactus and watermelon design

Lot 1535: A mid-century design bolt of cotton fabric, with cactus and watermelon design
Together with another panel (88x 235cm). Good condition.
Estimate: £60 – £100

A mid-century teak and cork table lamp

Lot 1544: A mid-century teak and cork table lamp
With new hesian (sic) shade, overall height 75cm. Good overall condition, untested.
Estimate: £60 – £80

A Staples Ladderax mid-century shelving unit

Lot 1595: A Staples Ladderax mid-century shelving unit
With single door wardrobe and 4 shelves, W124cm, H201cm, overall depth 42cm. Supports have been overpainted, chips and marks to shelving and wardrobe sections more evident on underside of shelving.
Estimate: £150 – £250

Peill and Putzler 1970s glass table lamp

Lot 1619: Peill and Putzler, Germany, a 1970s glass table lamp
With makers label, H 27cm x dia 35cm. Very good condition
Estimate: £150 – £250

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, mid-century Les Arcs leather and chrome chair

Lot 1597: CHARLOTTE PERRIAND, France, a mid-century Les Arcs leather and chrome chair
Height 81cm. Good original condition, pitting to frame and marking to leather.
Estimate: £250 – £350

GIO PONTI for Uffici Montecatini by Parma Antonio and Figli

Lot 1616: GIO PONTI for Uffici Montecatini by Parma Antonio and Figli, Italy, a pair of tubular steel side chairs
Circa 1936, height 82cm.

ROBERT WELCH, a rare original 1960s lustre enamelled cast iron Sun dish or charger

Lot 1627: ROBERT WELCH, a rare original 1960s lustre enamelled cast iron Sun dish or charger
Diameter 30cm. Good original condition, some surface marking.
Estimate: £100 – £150

LOUIS POULSEN for Poul Henningsen aluminium pendant lamp

Lot 1658: LOUIS POULSON (sic) for Poul Henningsen aluminium pendant lamp
Shade diameter 50cm. Good condition, recently rewired and tested.
Estimate: £200 – £300