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 successful sale.
Positive first impressions Your front door and entrance way can be powerful first impression areas.
- Show buyers the potential of the property yet to be renovated by decorating the walls, ceiling and floor of the front entrance
- Position an attractive plant or piece of art to add that final touch
- A newly decorated front door with attractive plantings on either side can be effective
- Keep lawns mowed, paths edged, hedges trimmed and gardens weeded - you never know when a buyer will drive past
- Outside lighting is a must for evening inspections
- Paint or wash fences, gates, screens, steps and the front door - having the exterior washed and windows cleaned can make an enormous difference
- Ensure your pets are secured so that they won’t pose a threat or annoy visitors
- A few well-positioned flowering potted plants can create a welcoming appearance and odour
- Remove bikes, tools, personal items, and any general clutter
Appeal to the senses
- Make sure the temperature inside is comfortable – have the air-con on, or the fireplace lit
- Turn the radio or TV off, in favour of a relaxing melody or natural sounds
- Place interesting knick-knacks, books or artwork in feature areas around your property to encourage visitors to linger
- Place freshly cut flowers throughout your property, especially on the dining room table as a centrepiece
- Bathrooms should be gleaming. Repair any broken tiles and reseal around the bath and basin if necessary. A dish of scented potpourri, candles or soaps add a nice touch
- Use odour neutralisers to dispel lived-in smells. The delicious aroma of brewing coffee, freshly baked goods, or fabric softener will convey the impression that you enjoy your property
- Turn on sufficient lights when inspections are being held to compensate for any dark areas and enhance visitor comfort
- A general spring clean will freshen the space and clear the air
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
- To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps store some furniture and ornaments
- Make sure wardrobes are tidy – they’ll look larger
- Mirrors in smaller rooms can convey the feeling of more space
- Ensure your kitchen is spotless, the working areas are not cluttered with appliances, and tidy cupboards and inside the pantry
Lastly, 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.