Top 7 Selling Tips

Top Tip Recipe From Austin Hawk

If you are looking to achieve the best price and a quick sale please follow our guide below. We understand that not every owner has the time, inclination or finances to embark on such tasks. Rest assured we can market any property, whatever the condition. Austin Hawk will take into account the overall condition of the property when we value to ensure it has the correct positioning in the current market.

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, “This will not be my home, it is an asset to be SOLD much like selling a car”
  • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this property will no longer be yours. This way prospective purchasers comments won’t offend you.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Don’t look backwards -look toward the future.


  • Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask. You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”


  • People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it
  • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
  • Remove excessive books from bookcases
  • Pack up those knickknacks
  • Clean off all but essentials from kitchen counters
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles
  • Re-touch any scuffed paintwork
  • Fix leaky taps
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colours, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs
  • If you’ve considered replacing worn bedding now is a great time to do it!

Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down side paths and exterior
  • Clean out cobwebs
  • Re-silicone tubs, showers and sinks
  • Polish chrome taps and mirrors
  • Vacuum daily
  • Dust furniture, light fixtures
  • Replace worn rugs
  • Hang up fresh towels
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odours are a no.

Be Critical

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense
  • Is it warm & welcoming in the winter? Fresh, bright and airy in the summer?

Check Roadside Appeal.

  • A buyer will pass on the chance of an internal viewing if they really don’t like the exterior of your property
  • Keep the paths cleared
  • Mow the lawn
  • Paint faded window surrounds
  • Plant flowers or group flower pots together
  • Trim your shrubs and hedges
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

❗️ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update ❗️

In line with the HM Governments advice avoiding essential contact, we’ve got a number of staff in isolation so therefore planning to work from home in the near future.

This means the office may close in the near future but we remain working from home for those of our team who are able.

Important Information:
Exchanged and due to complete?
Do not worry. Your nominated contact will be on hand still, and on completion day, arrangements will be made for keys to be dropped off/collected using a safe method but avoiding face to face contact.

Viewed a property and wish to place an offer?
Contact details below and a member of staff will get in touch with you.

Wishing to arrange a property viewing or valuation?
Contact details below and a member of staff will happily take your details and assist.

A tenant moving into a property?
Your nominated contact will be in contact with you to discuss a safe method collecting keys for a smooth handover but avoiding face to face contact.

A tenant requiring maintenance?
E-mail and a member of staff will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Government confirm complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters
For any tenants worrying about paying their rent due to the impact of Covid-19 please contact us at your earliest convenience by email to , to discuss a plan of action.

The government announced yesterday a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time.

Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the government have confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday announced yesterday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result.

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

Lettings emergencies only: Call 01264 350508 and listen to the automated voicemail providing the telephone number should you have a severe emergency but contractors will be reluctant to work themselves so please bear this in mind.

Stay safe

From all @ Austin Hawk.