It’s all about giving the right first impression… And if you’ve ever had the thought “What’s the best way to present my property?” then our little guide here is just for you.
First impressions are essential to anyone viewing your property, that’s why we make it our job to ensure that the property is looking fresh and clean – a little bit like us. We’re not going to come in all mops blazing, but we do think simple and inexpensive tasks such as giving the door a fresh lick of paint or de-cluttering the hallway can make a world of difference to a potential buyer or tenant.
This is a simple task to complete yet makes the biggest difference from the point of view of your potential buyer. Presenting clear worktops, window ledges, shelves and mantelpieces instantly builds a spacious, bright environment. It allows customers looking around to imagine their own possessions in the property so they can picture it as their home.
All you need to do is to move any unnecessary items out of sight, storing them in cupboards, and have a general clear out including perhaps a quick look under your children’s beds!
Go Neutral – but not too neutral
By keeping the decor neutral, you are more likely to appeal to the majority of viewers as it becomes a blank canvas. If the viewer can see their own stamp on the property then it instantly becomes a faster sell. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or take a lot of time out of your day but you’ll see the benefits.
Finish Odd Jobs
Now is the time to finish off that leaking shower tray or loose cupboard door that you have been carefully ignoring for a little while now. One idea is to walk out of the house (don’t forget your keys!) and turn around and walk back in as if this is the first time you have ever seen it, taking a look around and making a list of the little things that you usually forget all about. It can be as simple as clearing cobwebs, tightening hinges or replacing light bulbs.
Give the Property a Spring Clean
A really good, deep clean will always help to achieve the best price possible. If you haven’t already dug out your Marigolds, the feather duster and carpet cleaner now is the time. This can make a real difference to a property, if your home is looking tired and dull, then an intense clean can make it appear far more inviting and less worn. Many potential buyers and tenants, find it difficult to see past a dirty property and those that do will often offer a much lower price, so a really good clean really does make the difference.
If possible try and ensure that pets are not in the property whilst the viewing is taking place as this can put many people off – sorry Lassie!
Don’t Neglect your Outdoor Space
Your garden, however big or small, can be as important to your potential buyer as any other room in the property, so remember it’s not just the kitchen floors that need a sweep, ensure the lawn is mowed, the flowerbeds are weed free and the patio is looking its best. If the garden or balcony is tidy, it instantly becomes larger and more desirable. If it’s only a small space just wiping down any outdoor furniture can make the difference.
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If you are unsure don’t be afraid to ask us for some advice or we would happy to make a home visit.