We offer the following tips to help you present your
home to create impact and give your property an advantage over
competitors. First impressions really do count - it is estimated that
over 50% of properties are sold even before the prospective buyer steps
through the front door! Make an instant, positive impression - it will
go a long way towards achieving a successful sale.
- Remove bikes, tools and any clutter and replace with a few
well-positioned flowering potted plants to create a welcoming
- Keep lawns mowed, paths edged, hedges trimmed and gardens weeded.
- Clean windows and cladding, screens, steps and doors - it will make an enormous difference.
- Paint or wash fences and gates.
- Ensure your pets are secured so that they won't pose a threat or annoy visitors.
Positive first impressions
- Your front door and entranceway can be powerful first impression
areas - a newly decorated front door with attractive topiary shrubs
either side can be effective.
- The potential of a yet-to-be-renovated property can be shown by decorating the walls, ceiling and floor of the front entrance.
- Position an attractive plant or piece of art to add that final touch.
Appeal to the senses
- Spring clean to freshen the look and the air, turn on lights to
compensate for any dark areas, and place freshly cut flowers through
your property. Interesting knick knacks, books or artwork in feature
areas around your property can encourage visitors to linger. Make sure
the temperature inside is comfortable - even light a fire in winter.
- Use odour neutralisers to dispel cigarette or animal smells. The
delicious aroma of brewing coffee or freshly baked bread will convey
the impression that you enjoy your property.
- Bathrooms should be gleaming. Repair any broken tiles and reseal
around the bath and basin if necessary. A dish of scented potpourri or
soaps add a nice touch.
- Turn the radio or TV off, maybe in favour of a restful CD.
- Attend to any small maintenance jobs such as sticking doors or
windows, dripping taps, squeaking hinges, loose door handles, blown
light bulbs or faulty switches.
Create a feeling of spaciousness
- Ensure your kitchen is spotless; the working areas are uncluttered with tidy cupboards and pantry.
- Make sure wardrobes are tidy - they'll look larger. Mirrors in smaller rooms can convey the feeling of more space.
Allow your buyers the time and relaxed atmosphere to become
emotionally involved in your property by leaving the premises during
inspections. Your consultant will maintain security at all times.