First Impressions Count!
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. While every property has good points, most have aspects that would benefit from improvement. Presentation is everything … and it’s often what sells the emotional appeal of a property.
Here 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 maintenance jobs such as sticking doors or windows, dripping taps, broken light switches, cracked glass in windows.
- A general spring clean will freshen up the look of the home.
- Ensure your kitchen is spotless and the working areas are uncluttered.
- Evaluate the outside paintwork, wash house and fences if needed. Water blast paths and decks to present a clean tidy look.
- Bathrooms and toilets should be gleaming – a dish of scented potpourri or soaps add a nice touch.
- Make sure wardrobes are tidy, make the beds.
- 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 and light the fire in winter.
- Display your best towels in the bathroom.
- Clean and straighten rugs. Vacuum and dust each room.
- Empty rubbish bins, tidy grounds and gardens.
- Pick up any dirty clothes.
- Deodorise pet areas and secure pets.
Most buyers look for homes that are well cared for and bright.