Making houses more inviting 'increases sale potential'

Tips for making a house more appealing to potential buyers have been proffered by one estate agent, which may be of interest to those hoping to sell a house in Scotland.

Creating a good impression is vital to sell a home, as househunters like to think that the house they are interested in has been well looked after, according to haart.

Paul Smith, chief executive of the company, explained that the difference spending a bit of time and effort on making a house clean and tidy can be "amazing".

He advised: "De-clutter and depersonalise. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your house so that means ornaments, paperwork, posters, family photographs, coats, shoes and toys need to be put away.

"Making your house as inviting as possible will mean you will invite much more interest and ultimately sell your property for a good price."

Recent research from the National Association of Estate Agents has shown that the average time it takes to sell a house, including Scottish property, is just over 20 weeks.