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Preparing Your Property for the Market

Published: 10 April 2019
Time to read: 2 mins

Close up of a red entrance door with jasmine flowers around.

We all know the importance of first impressions so we have put together some tips to help present your property in the best way possible.

Garden

Tidy the outside space, cut grass, pull any weeds and trim hedges.  Remember that many potential buyers will drive past the property before deciding to schedule a viewing so it’s in your interests to make sure they want to see more.

De-Clutter:

Make the most of the space by removing any unnecessary ornaments and toys – consider temporarily removing excess furniture and limiting clutter to essentials. This can also help with the process of moving if you have already made some progress with clearing out unwanted items.

Lights:

Ensure entrance halls are well lit and any naturally dark areas are brightened up with lamps or ceiling lights to provide a warmer and more homely atmosphere.

Kitchens and bathrooms:

It’s key that these areas look their best – they are arguably the most important areas of the home and are expensive areas to replace or upgrade – ensure mirrors, tiles, floors and bathroom suites are sparkling.

Pets:

Animals often make a house a home but it might be worth speaking to a friend or family member to care for your pets during viewings to avoid unnecessary distractions or, worse still, put off buyers that are perhaps not animal lovers.

Prepare for viewings:

Have a think about your home’s best features and what you want to bring to the purchaser’s attention in each room.  Remember to talk about the location and its amenities, the neighbourhood and schools if this is relevant.

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