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Presenting Your Home

You only get one chance to make a first impression...

While every property has good points, most have aspects that would benefit from improvement. With a little thought and energy you can enhance the best aspects of your property. Presentation is everything and it's often what sells the emotional appeal of a property.

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

  • Ensure your pets are not on the premises
  • Maintenance jobs such as sticking doors or windows, dripping taps etc. must be completed
  • 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
  • In the event that you are present at an open inspection, don’t hover around – it potentially may make visitors uncomfortable

A final checklist

  • Open blinds and curtains
  • Open windows to let the 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 dirty clothes
  • Deodorise pet areas
  • Vacuum and dust each room
  • Tidy grounds and garden