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.
- Remove bikes, tools, and any clutter.
- Keep lawns mowed, paths edged, hedges trimmed and gardens weeded.
- A few well-positioned flowering potted plants can create a welcoming appearance.
- Having the exterior washed and windows cleaned can make an enormous difference.
- 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.
Positive First impressions
- Your front door and entranceway can be powerful first impression areas.
- A newly decorated front door with attractive topiary shrubs either side can be effective.
- 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.
Appeal to the Senses
- A general spring clean will freshen the look and the air.
- Turn on sufficient lights when inspections are being held to compensate for any dark areas.
- 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.
- 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 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
- Ensure 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 more space.
- To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps store some furniture and ornaments.
- 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.