An Introduction to Pearsons

Established in 1900, Pearsons is one of the oldest firms of independent estate agents and surveyors in Hampshire. Since that date the firm has developed an ever expanding network of offices, offering a professional but personal service to meet the specific needs of each and every client.

Backed by experienced and professional staff, Pearsons are confident that they will remain a market leader and can offer facilities and expertise for whatever your needs may be. Whether buying or selling a property, letting a property, developing a plot of land, commercial property services, property auctions, arranging a survey or a market appraisal of your home, Pearsons are there to help you every step of the way.

Their Top 10 Tips for market appraisals and viewings

We all have different tastes and styles when it comes to decorating our homes. Therefore, when it’s time to market your property, there’s probably no point in making dramatic changes, as choices in décor or layout will always be subjective.

Nethertheless, if there are straightforward steps you can take that will broaden the appeal of your house, it may be worth considering them. Here are pearson’s top ten tips to show your home to its best advantage to viewers.

1 Exteriors: first impressions count

Take an objective look at the outside of your property and if it’s looking a little run down, evaluate the extent of work needed to smarten it up. Simple job like cleaning fascia boards or applying a quick lick of paint to flaky woodwork can give exteriors an instant facelift.

2 Garden makeover

We’re not talking about major landscaping, just taming overgrown areas. Mowing the lawn and pulling up weeds from paving won’t take long and can make the world of difference.

3 Removing obstacles

It’s best not to make your prospective buyer jump over hurdles. This may mean moving children’s play things, pet’s toys and baskets, bicycles or sports items.

4 Ensure rooms smell fresh

Strong cooking odours or lingering pet smells can be off-putting. Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate and install discreet air fresheners.

5 Clear clutter

Potential buyers will expect to see the usual ornaments and knick- knacks. However, too much clutter can be a distraction. A clear out of unwanted items will not only make you space it will save time when you come to move.

6 Open up the view

Moving unused items of furniture can open up a room and make it look more spacious. If an area is too crowded viewers may struggle to appreciate the true dimensions of a room.

7 Let in light

Maximize the amount of natural light coming into your house by making sure all curtains and blinds are fully open. Cut back overgrown trees or shrubs if they obscure light.

8 Brighten a dull room

If a room is a little dark give the impression of brightness by using higher wattage light bulbs. Or paint the walls in pale colours and add mirrors to provide reflected light.

9 Leave the building

Your home is, of course, personal to you, and sometimes this can make prospective buyers feel awkward. They may refrain from too much discussion in front of you, but not feel the same restraint in front of an impartial agent. They are likely to spend longer viewing and ask more questions ( giving the agent the opportunity to respond to any concerns) if you are not there.

10 Trust your estate agent

Experienced estate agents know what they are doing. They will have sold numerous properties in the past, so why not trust them to sell your house rather than trying to do it yourself.

Thinking of selling your home

Pearsons offer free and impartial advice and market appraisals – arming you with the information you need to make that big decision. So if you’re considering moving, why not give them a call on 01264 353356 and have a no obligation chat.