First impressions count. We estimate that over 50 per cent of properties sell before the buyer steps through the front door!
Here are some practical ways you can make an instant, positive first impression.
Remove bikes, tools, and clutter.
Mow lawns, edge paths, trim hedges and weed the garden.
Positioned flowering potted plants for a welcoming appearance.
Wash windows - this is a biggie!
Paint or wash fences, gates, screens, steps and the front door.
Ensure your pets are secured so that they won’t pose a threat or annoy visitors.
Outside lighting is a must for evening inspections.
Appeal to the Senses
A general spring clean will freshen the look and the air.
Turn on lights for inspections to compensate for dark areas.
Use odour neutralisers to dispel with cigarette or animal smells. The delicious aroma of brewing coffee or freshly baked bread/cookies will give the impression you love 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.
Place freshly cut flowers throughout your property.
Interesting knick-knacks, books or artwork in feature areas around your property can encourage visitors to linger.
Turn the radio or TV off, maybe in favour of a restful CD. Make sure the temperature inside is comfortable – even light the fire in winter.
It’s the little things that count
Attend to the 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
Make sure 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 space.
To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps store some furniture and ornaments.
One last thing...
Leave the premises during inspections so your buyers can relax and become emotionally involved in your property. Your consultant will maintain security at all times.