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Dress your property for success

Want to sell your property - some guidelines ....

While every property has good points, most have aspects that would benefit from improvement. With a little thought and energy you can make the most of the good points and cover up the less appealing aspects. Presentation is everything…and it’s often what sells the emotional appeal of a property.

The first impression is second to none……..

Your Harcourts consultant will organize some simple tips to help show your property off to its best advantage. Apart from the more obvious ones like making sure your garden, grounds and exterior are well-maintained it’s often the little things which can make a big difference. And first impressions count.

Amazingly, it is estimated that over 50% of houses are sold even before the prospective buyers open your front door. The immediate ‘road appeal’ can have a huge visual and emotional impact and create a large influence on the way your property is perceived upon closer inspection.

The tips that follow are a few practical ways in which you can make an instant, positive impression…

               Ensure your pets are secured so that they won’t annoy visitors

               Attend to any little maintenance jobs such as sticking doors or windows, dripping taps etc

               A general spring clean will freshen the look and the air

               Ensure your kitchen is spotless and the working areas are uncluttered

               The delicious aroma of brewing coffee or freshly-baked bread will convey the impression that your home is there to be enjoyed

               Bathrooms and toilets should be gleaming – a dish of scented potpourri or soaps add a nice touch

               Make sure wardrobes are tidy to highlight a sense of space

               Mirrors in smaller rooms can also convey a feeling of spaciousness

               Place freshly-cut flowers throughout your home

               Interesting knick knacks, books or artwork in feature areas can encourage visitors to linger

               Turn the radio or TV off in favour of a restful CD

               Outside lighting is a must for evening inspections

               Make sure the temperature inside is comfortable

               Don’t hover around – it potentially may make visitors uncomfortable

 A final checklist…

 •           Open blinds and curtains

           Open windows to let in the fresh air

           Check your flower arrangements

           Turn on lights in dark rooms or at night

           Light the fire in winter

           Display your best towels in the bathroom

           Clean and straighten rugs

           Empty rubbish bins

           Pick up any dirty clothes

           Deodorise pet areas and secure pets

           Vacuum and dust each room

           Tidy grounds and garden