PRESENTATION is very important when you are selling your home. Good presentation can reduce the amount of time a property is on the market and also affect the sale price.
There are many low-cost improvements that can make a big difference to the impression buyers have about your home.
The front yard is where a buyer will make their first impression of the property and what most people see when they do the common ‘‘drive-by’’ inspection. Buying some flowering plants can lift the appearance of the yard and it is important to weed the garden beds, mow the lawns, sweep paths and prune the shrubs before each open inspection.
Inside, it is always good to start with a complete spring clean of the home. Clutter makes rooms look smaller than they actually are, so items that aren’t in a cupboard or on a shelf should be removed. A fresh coat of paint can also lift the appearance of your home and is relatively cost-effective if you do it yourself. Similarly, having your carpets professionally cleaned can give them a new lease of life.
Ask your agent or a friend to give you some advice on any other areas that can be improved. Don’t be defensive about their suggestions – remember you are trying to make the property attractive to other people, not yourself.