Presenting your home for sale

Dress your property for success


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.


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 can be powerful first impression areas.
  • A newly decorated front door with attractive topiary shrubs either side can be effective.
  • Properties yet to be renovated can visually show buyers the potential of the property by decorating the walls, ceiling and floor of the front entrance.
  • 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 inspections are being held to compensate for any dark areas.
  • Use odour neutralisers to dispel with cigarette or animal smells.  The delicious aroma of brewing coffee or freshly baked bread will convey the impression that you enjoy your property.
  • Bathrooms should be gleaming.  Repair any broken tiles and reseal around the bath and basin if necessary.  A dish of scented potpourri or soaps add a nice touch.
  • Place freshly cut flowers throughout your property.
  • Interesting knick-knacks, books or artwork in feature areas around your property can encourage visitors to linger.
  • Turn the radio or TV off, maybe in favour of a restful CD.
  • 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 wardrobes are tidy – they’ll look larger.
  • Mirrors in smaller rooms can convey the feeling of more space.
  • To enlarge room size appearance, perhaps store some furniture and ornaments.

Lastly- A final checklist

  • n blinds and curtains. Open windows to let in the fresh air.
  • Check your flower arrangements.
  • Display your best towels in the bathroom.
  • Clean and straighten rugs. Vaccum and dust each room.
  • Empty rubbish bins, tidy grounds and gardens.
  • Pick up any dirty clothes.
  • Deodorise pet areas and secure pets. 

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.


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