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4th December 2019

Top Tips For Selling Your Home

When you are thinking about selling your home, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration if you want to get the very best price possible for your property and to sell it quickly. In this article, we are going to look at a few of those things.

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Maintenance

It may sound simple, but make sure your house is in a decent state of repair. Spend a little bit of time fixing up that broken garden gate and relaying those cracked patio stones, regrout the tiles in the bathroom, and if your central heating system is on the blink, get it sorted. The cost of a new boiler may be more than worth it if it takes your home from unsaleable to snapped up because these things really do matter to potential buyers. No one wants to move house and immediately have to think about little jobs like this.

Presentation

First impressions matter, so spend some time getting your Hinch on, cleaning up and making sure would-be buyers walk into a spotlessly clean house and get the best first impression possible. If cleaning is not your thing, consider hiring a cleaner – it will be more than worth it! Before a viewing, open the windows to let a flow of fresh air through, make sure the rooms smell clean – but be wary of using any scented products that are too overpowering – and fresh flowers always make a difference.

Declutter

The aim here is to make your house look as big as possible, and to minimise the ‘you’ in there. Buyers will walk in trying to visualise their belongings in the home, with their stamp put upon it. That is really hard to do if the mantlepiece is covered in photos of your family and the fridge is loaded with kids drawings. Having a big declutter allows them to see the space much more clearly – and can be a big help for when you need to move out. 

Give the kitchen a renovation

If you can afford to, a small kitchen renovation can make a massive amount of difference. After all, the kitchen is the heart of many homes and is one of the biggest selling points. If this is out of your budget, think about giving cupboards a varnish or a lick of paint and buffing up the worktops, so they look new.

Update the bathroom

As with the kitchen, the bathroom can make or break a property. If a buyer is on the fence, having a nice bathroom can be the swinging point. Again, if a full-blown renovation is not on the cards, make sure all the grout and sealant work is cleaned up, put out fresh, clean towels and pop some green plants in there. 

Remember, when it comes to selling your home, it is no longer about your tastes and decor choices, but your would-be buyers. Put yourself in their shoes, take a walk around the house and see what you would change.

This is a collaborative post

Mars Bar Fudge Recipe

Welcome to day 4 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making Mars bar fudge.
The thing we love about this fudge is biting into chunks of Mars bar – so yummy!

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Mars Bar Fudge Ingredients

  • 4 Mars Bars
  • 400g Milk Chocolate
  • 397g Condensed Milk

Method

  1. Line a shallow tin with baking parchment.
  2. Roughly chop the Mars bars and set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and melt in 30-second intervals, stirring each time.
    Chocolate can burn easily in the microwave so be sure to watch it carefully.
  4. Add the condensed milk to the chocolate and mix well until combined.
  5. Add the Mars bar pieces and mix gently.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking tin and spread out the mixture.
  7. Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours, depending on the thickness of your fudge.
  8. When set, remove the fudge from the tin using the baking parchment and cut into bitesize pieces.
  9. Store in an airtight container or package into cellophane bags and give as gifts.
Mars bar fudge with a cup of coffee in a mug that says Merry Christmas on the front

Tomorrow’s recipe is for White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark

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