Continued economic turmoil is affecting house prices in the UK, with reports of little activity and of prices dropping for the last three months in a row.
As autumn sets in there is traditionally less house buying and selling and more attention focused on refurbishing or redecorating before Christmas.
Whatever the economic climate and the time of year, however, there are often still reasons why people have to move and need to sell their existing home.
Whether the object is to smarten up the house before the winter sets in or because an owner wants to maximize its sales potential there are a number of tips the experts regularly give for improving the look of a house.
Sellers need to do everything they can to maximize their home's potential in a depressed market.
The experts have a number of different tips for how to do it. They include making sure the outside is clean, welcoming and attractive so that the potential viewer gets a good first impression.
The process of preparing a house for sale will help you see it as s commodity, to manage the emotional bond you have with and to focus on your new life if you have mixed feelings about selling it.
The first key to smashing up the inside of a house is to do a thorough clean from toop to bottom then do your utmost to keep it that way. It may seem intrusive, but, serious buyers will not hesitate to look into cupboards.
So, following a thorough clean, check all cupboards and other storage areas. If they are crammed full consider trimming back on the contents. Ideally storage areas and cupboards should not be more than 75% full. If it looks as if there is not enough storage for you, they'll assume there is not enough for them.
Next on the list is to complete any routine maintenance and unfinished DIY jobs so that the house looks well cared for. It might be worth using a professional to put a final touch to any jobs to make sure they are done properly.
A declutter is also a must if you are hiring for a quick sale. Experienced agents say the less clutter and family possessions to be seen the more likely a buyer is to be able to imagine themselves living there.
Their advice is to put all family photos, holiday souvenirs, trophies and certificates, collectible items and children's artwork into storage.
Differences in personal taste, particularly with color, can affect a sale. It is fairly cheap to paint walls a neutral color, or even to change the color of only those walls that are a strong shade that other people may not like.
Whatever the purpose of all this activity is to sell the house or just make it more livable and welcoming to friends and family a self storage facility will help. Just organizing the clutter and packing it away somewhere safe, and possibly putting the furniture in store for a short time while decorating, will help give you a fresh perspective and room to move.