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Making the right first impression is crucial to woo your prospective buyers and have them fall in love with your home as you did when you viewed it. Attention to detail is everything. Buyers will often draw conclusions about the way you have maintained the property based on the amount of effort you put into showing your it when you come to sell it. If paint is peeling off the front door they may well think that other more fundamental maintenance to electrics, roofs and boilers has not been done either.
Curbside appeal is tremendously important as a lot of buyers may walk past or drive by the property before they commit to view it and your buyer may actually be someone that walks past every day on their way to and from work.
Before the property comes to the market we can make an appointment to offer you our view on what should be done and help you prepare your home for viewings, giving you access to approved maintenance contractors who can prepare quotes for any redecoration or repairs you may want to do. Furthermore we would prefer to accompany everyone who wants to view your home, as we are familiar with the buyers requirements and can better select which parts of the property to showcase.
We have created a list of things to consider below to get you started. If adopted these steps should be taken early before marketing photos are taken and maintained throughout right up until contracts are exchanged with your buyer.
Consider the following
Clear away the clutter. Get as much into the loft or into storage as you can
Clean every inch of the property, its often worth getting a professional cleaning company in to do
Clean the windows inside and out
Clear tops of wardrobes and under beds
Children’s toys in children’s rooms are ok, box up small toys
Kitchens - tidy the surfaces - no food or packets, dishes or washing-up. Keep work tops free of jars, bottles etc
Garden - don't hang the washing out
Tidy the garden and cut the grass every week
Put your bins away
Be ready to move your car off the drive if you have one
Put away ANYTHING you wouldn't want a ‘stranger’ to see
Clear away all paperwork
Pack up any knick knacks
Get some healthy looking plants
Dont create smells that will linger
Don't clutter the hallway with coats, shoes and bikes
Clear fires/fireplaces or considering lighting them for viewings
Replace any blown light bulbs
Plump up pillows and cushions
Things that you might not do religiously every morning now need to be done, so make the beds every day, no dirty cups or dishes, clothes put away etc
Consider filling vases with fresh flowers
Tidy clutter and bottles in bathrooms to show it to its full potential
De-personalise the property as much as you can, so people can picture themselves living there, not you
Dont have too much or the wrong furniture in the wrong rooms, give each room a purpose. Bedrooms should look like bedrooms, and the lounge like a lounge
Curb appeal - paint the front door make the front garden immaculate. If you have a communal hallway urge you fellow occupiers to keep it clean and clutter free
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