Sarah Beeny eat your heart out

On a more light hearted note today on what has been quite a sombre week for blog post topics, I am going to talk property and the star that is Sarah Beeny. 

We have taken the plunge and decided to put our house on the market. We hope to make a profit on top of what we bought it for, although slightly nervous as to how this figure will be received by the market as we bought in 2007 just before the recession hit when property prices were at their peak. 

Recent commentary in the press hints that property prices will be increasing dramatically over the next few years, so we are concerned that we maybe premature in selling. But you can’t put your life on hold to suit market conditions and we have had itchy feet for too long now so on the market we go.

In anticipation of the agent’s photographer, I have been looking at our house from the viewpoint of Sarah Beeny. I walk into each room and think, “What would Sarah Beeny say about this?”. I am really enjoying the process of taking a fresh look at how we live in the house and organise it – de-cluttering is incredibly therapeutic (providing you are not a hoarder). For instance, the utility room and downstairs toilet was so un-inviting you wanted to be in and out of them as soon as possible.  A lick of white paint, a new light shade, a sort out of junk and a few minor purchases of decorative storage boxes (which are great as they give the room a lift and neatly stow away personal items so they are not on show) and the room is transformed. 

It isn’t easy preparing a house for viewings when you have 2 dogs and 2 children so I have prepared a few things to make life easier. First I have bought a giant pack of flash wipes. So if I get a last minute call and the kitchen and bathroom surfaces are a bit grubby I can just do a quick wipe down. I have also bought pretty pots for the bathroom to store our toothpaste and brushes neatly and bought colourful hand towels that instantly brighten up the bathrooms (while not showing up the dirt as much as white ones do).

Perhaps my most effective alteration is swapping the doors so that they open on the opposite side to maximise the impact of the room as you walk into it. Currently, as you walk into the kitchen, the first thing you see is the side of our grubby fridge. Swap the door round and you instantly see the kitchen at its best angle. The same goes for the bathroom. At the moment, you have to twist your way round the door to get past the bath to the toilet and sink, which makes the room feel small and cramped. Switch the door round and the door opens right back against the wall so that you have a full view of the bathroom at its best angle and it shows off the full width of the room. As the door goes back against the wall I have had to remove the bathroom cabinet, which has made me realise that we don’t actually need it as half the stuff it was storing needed chucking anyway and the other stuff didn’t need to be stored in the cupboard. So now the bathroom is clutter free. 

So Sarah Beeny eat your heart out! Interestingly she has set-up an online service that removes the need for an agent and has 0% commission. Annoyingly we have just signed up to a sole agency agreement otherwise I would have given Tepilo a go.

I will keep you posted on how the house sale (or not) goes.

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Thanks for reading.

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