Your Property For Success!
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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