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Dress Your Property For Success

Dress Your Property For Success

Harcourts would like to share some simple presentation tips with you, which may help to present your property in the best possible light. 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.


Outside appeal

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 are areas that can make a powerful first impression

A newly decorated front entrance with attractive topiary shrubs either side can be effective

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 showings 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

Place freshly cut flowers throughout your property

Interesting knick-knacks, books or artwork in feature areas around your property can encourage visitors to linger

Bathrooms should be gleaming. Repair any broken tiles and reseal around the bath and basin if necessary. A dish of scented potpourri or soaps adds a nice touch, but avoid overpowering scents

Turn the radio or TV off, maybe in favour of restful music

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 closets are tidy – they’ll look larger

Mirrors in smaller rooms can convey the feeling of more space

To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps look at moving some furniture and ornaments into storage


Style to impress

Once clutter free, consider using a home stylist or home staging service. Home stylists will take a look at your space, and then loan you the furniture which is the size and style best suited for your home, which will make a space look bigger, comfortable and liveable

Speak with your sales consultant who can help you organise a staging service


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