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Dress your property for success

What to know when selling


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 knaks, books or artwork in feature areas can encourage visitors to linger

             Turn the radio or TV off in favor 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

If you are around when prospective buyers come through don’t make apologies for any faults. This will only draw attention to something which may never have been noticed. Your Harcourts consultant knows what the buyer is looking for and how best to present your home. Above all, remember that a long inspection is a good inspection.

 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

             Deodorize pet areas and secure pets

             Vacuum and dust each room

             Tidy grounds and garden


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