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Dress your property for Success

Dress for Success

First Impressions always last

dress you home for success

While every property has good points, most have aspects that would benefit from improvement. With a little thought and energy you can make the most of the good points and cover up the less appealing aspects. Presentation is everything…and it’s often what sells the emotional appeal of a property.

The first impression is second to none                   

Your Harcourts consultant will organize some simple tips to help show your property off to its best advantage. Apart from the more obvious ones like making sure your garden, grounds and exterior are well-maintained it’s often the little things which can make a big difference. And first impressions count. Amazingly, it is estimated that over 50% of houses are sold even before the prospective buyers open your front door. The immediate ‘road appeal’ can have a huge visual and emotional impact and create a large influence on the way your property is perceived upon closer inspection.

The tips that follow are a few practical ways in which you can make an instant, positive impression…

              Ensure your pets are secured so that they won’t annoy visitors

              Attend to any little maintenance jobs such as sticking doors or windows, dripping taps etc

              A general spring clean will freshen the look and the air

              Ensure your kitchen is spotless and the working areas are uncluttered

              The delicious aroma of brewing coffee or freshly-baked bread will convey the impression that your

               home is there to be enjoyed

              Bathrooms and toilets should be gleaming – a dish of scented potpourri or soaps add a nice touch

              Make sure wardrobes are tidy to highlight a sense of space

              Mirrors in smaller rooms can also convey a feeling of spaciousness

              Place freshly-cut flowers throughout your home

              Interesting knick knacks, books or artwork in feature areas can encourage visitors to linger

              Turn the radio or TV off in favour of a restful CD

              Outside lighting is a must for evening inspections

              Make sure the temperature inside is comfortable

              Don’t hover around – it potentially may make visitors uncomfortable


If you are around when prospective buyers come through don’t make apologies for any faults. This will only draw attention to something which may never have been noticed. Your Harcourts consultant knows what the buyer is looking for and how best to present your home. Above all, remember that a long inspection is a good inspection.


A final checklist…


              Open blinds and curtains

              Open windows to let in the fresh air

              Check your flower arrangements

              Turn on lights in dark rooms or at night

              Light the fire in winter

              Display your best towels in the bathroom

              Clean and straighten rugs

              Empty rubbish bins

              Pick up any dirty clothes

              Deodorise pet areas and secure pets

              Vacuum and dust each room

              Tidy grounds and garden

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