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 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 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 i
n smaller rooms can convey the feeling of more space.
- To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps store some furniture and ornaments.