1. Kerb Appeal
One of the first and lasting impressions of a house is its kerb appeal, façade and entrances. Be sure that lawns are trimmed and flowerbeds tidied up. Any garden or household refuse should be removed Exterior facades of the house should be freshly painted if they have been allowed to deteriorate. Attend to the roof if necessary. The front door and the general entrance to the house should be fresh, clean and inviting to visitors.
2. Paint if necessary
Keep to neutral colours and a coat of paint can freshen a house completely.
3. Internal repairs and maintenance
Imagine a main bedroom or kitchen where door hinges of built in cupboard are missing or broken with door knobs missing. Such items invariably detract from the appeal of the house and can usually be fixed up at relatively low cost. Wall to wall carpets should be cleaned if necessary and dirty marks on interior walls cleaned.
4. Fix Utilities
Dripping taps in a bath stained yellow is off putting. It is recommended to check all plumbing and fittings are in good order and have been cleaned. Mildew on tiles and bathroom ceilings should be removed.
5. Remove clutter
Create a feeling of space by removing unnecessary clutter. Tidy up built in cupboards. Many prospective buyers will want to see inside to know how much storage space is available and a tidy cupboard gives the impression of ample space.
6. The entertainment area
The pool should be clean and sparkling. A green murky pool does not hold appeal for prospective buyers and often indicates problems. If there is a water feature it should be turned on. If the weather permits the patio area always looks attractive if cushions and umbrellas are out.
7. The garden
Pick up the dog poo! Nothing puts off a prospective buyer than standing in a pile of dog mess! Try and keep the lawns tidy and add colour pots – pots are not fixtures and can be taken with you when you move but you can make the plainest garden look appealing with some bright flowers in pots.
There is a need for good lighting when the house is being shown to prospective buyers. Dark, gloomy rooms rarely appeal to people. On the other hand, when curtains are opened to let in the sunshine the cheerfulness of the house is displayed to its best effect during daytime showing. For evening viewings or dull days, turn on all the lights.
Lastly, fresh flowers, soft music and pleasant aromas all add to the appeal of the home. On showdays, frozen bread or vanilla essence in a low heated oven gives the home a fresh homely atmosphere.