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Dress Your Home For Success

Dress Your Home For Success

The first impression is second to none

Harcourts would like to share some simple presentation tips with you, which may help to present your property to its best advantage. It is often the little things that can make the biggest impact.

For example, first impressions really do count because it is estimated that over 50% of properties are sold even before the prospective buyer steps through the front door!

These are just a few practical ways in which you can make an instant, positive impression, which will go a long way towards making a successful sale.

Positive first impressions

  • Your front door and entrance way can be powerful first impression areas.
  • Properties yet to be renovated can visually show buyers the potential of the property by decorating the walls, ceiling and floor of the front entrance.
  • Position an attractive plant or piece of art to add that final touch.
  • A newly decorated front door with attractive topiary shrubs either side can be effective.

Outside clutter

  • Keep lawns mowed, paths edged, hedges trimmed and gardens weeded   
  • Outside lighting is a must for evening inspections
  • 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
  • Having the exterior washed and windows cleaned can make an enormous difference
  • A few well-positioned flowering potted plants can create a welcoming appearance
  • Remove bikes, tools, and any clutter
   

Appeal to the senses

  • Make sure the temperature inside is comfortable – even light the fire in winter.
  • Turn the radio or TV off, maybe in favour of a restful CD.
  • Interesting knick-knacks, books or artwork in feature areas around your property can encourage visitors to linger.
  • Place freshly cut flowers throughout 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.
  • Use odour neutralisers to dispel with cigarette or animal smells. The delicious aroma of brewing coffee or freshly baked bread will convey the impression that you enjoy your property.
  • Turn on sufficient lights when inspections are being held to compensate for any dark areas.
  • A general spring clean will freshen the look and the air.
    

It’s the little things that count

  • Attend to any 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

  • To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps store some furniture and ornaments.
  • Make sure wardrobes are tidy – they’ll look larger.
  • Mirrors in smaller rooms can convey the feeling of more space.
  • Ensure your kitchen is spotless, the working areas are uncluttered with tidy cupboards and pantry.
   
Lastly Allow your buyers the time and relaxed atmosphere to become emotionally involved in your property by leaving the premises during inspections. Your consultant will maintain security at all times.