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First impressions really do count when selling or letting your home that is why builders go to so much trouble with a beautifully decorated and furnished show home when selling brand new homes. Not everyone can achieve the same effect but there are ways you can improve the presentation of your home.

Remember, interested parties spend what is only a relatively short period viewing the property and in that time they do not take in an awful lot only the most obvious. They are truly trying to work out whether they would be happy living there. They only see what is obvious to them.


The drive and front garden are important and should be free of litter and well looked after.


The front elevation is important as people often drive by first before deciding to view. A coat of paint will help therefore, if it is necessary.


There is no doubt that an immaculately decorated and fitted property will sell or let better and for more money than one that isn’t but its general condition would have been taken into account in the valuation and it may not be worth doing vast works to improve the interior. If one room is redecorated and not the rest of the house this can look odd. Equally if there are obvious faults that can be readily put right it is worth doing that.


It is important to keep the property as clean and tidy as you can and you will create more space by putting unwanted items away. Some clients may bribe their children to keep their rooms tidy but many interested parties will have children themselves. Remember this is your house you are presenting to the general public and you need to be proud of it.


Take particular care to clean up the areas they inhabit and eliminate any strong smells. In the case of dogs it is usually best to keep them out of site as some people can be frightened by them.


Your gardens are really important and provide the ideal setting for your property. Make sure the lawns are mown and those overgrown bushes and trees are cut back. Remove rubbish and unecessary items. Colour from flowers and evergreens is really beneficial.


People react more positively to properties they see that are bright and light so during the day keep curtains wide open and windows clean. At night switch all the lights on, replacing any blown bulbs or tubes.


The best sounds to have when showing people around your home are the sounds of peace and quiet. Avoid loud noises, barking dogs, vacuum cleaners, washing machines and make sure the TV and stereo are turned off..


Smell has more impact that you might think. Clean kitchens and bathrooms with lemon bleach and use polish on your furniture. Place flowers and pot-pourri strategically throughout your home.

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