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Dress your home for success

Making your home appealing to potential buyers

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
•   Deodorize pet areas and secure pets
•   Vacuum and dust each room
•   Tidy grounds and garden