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Don’t do anything which could make you fall foul of the requirements of certificates of compliance, which can cause major complications and delay a sale.

It’s also a good idea if you’re putting your house on the market to preemptively spend on obtaining an electrical certificate, which is something you might ultimately have to pay for anyway so get it done. – Steve Thomas, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Look at your property with fresh eyes – the eyes of a buyer – through your agent. Ask your estate agent to suggest the necessary and effective changes so that you do not over capitalise on making the property attractive to buyers. Sometime the smallest of touches can make a massive difference in the marketing and successful sale of your property. – Lyndsay Child, Knight Frank

A fresh coat of paint in neutral colours does wonders to the general appeal of a property. Not everyone likes bright colours. – Lyndsay Child, Knight Frank

Areas home owners should not spend too much time and money on upgrading include:

  • Garages, although they should appear organised and not be a dumping ground for unused items.
  • Laundry areas.
  • Spare bedrooms.
  • Store rooms.
  • Bedrooms, other than flooring and fresh paint.
  • Swimming pools
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