SEVEN SELLING TIPS 1. First impressions count! A tidy house and garden sells. An untidy or overgrown front garden or shabby frontage to the house will create a negative impression before potential buyers get through the door! Keep your front garden and pathway neat and tidy and put away your dustbin. Clean your windows and touch up the paintwork if necessary. If you live in a flat, make sure that the communal areas are clean and tidy. If it’s neat and tidy it will create a positive first impression. 2. De-clutter. It is important that potential buyers are fully able to appreciate a room’s potential at first glance. Clutter will detract a buyer’s attention from the room itself and can make a property feel smaller than it is. It is a good idea to remove any items which may not be to everyone’s taste (e.g. ornaments) and minimise the number of personal items such as photographs. In the living room you should make sure that untidy DVDs, books and magazines are put away. Do not assume that viewers will not look into cupboards- they will want to see how much storage space is available. 3. Spring clean. It sounds obvious, but a thorough clean and the removal of any stains, dirt, dust and cobwebs will brighten up a property and create a more appealing and fresh environment. Having a carpet and soft furnishings professionally cleaned can sometimes make them look as good as new! 4. Remedial work. Finish the minor DIY jobs that you have been putting off. Minor unsolved problems may create the impression that a house has not generally been well maintained. Potential buyers may also become concerned that a bigger problem is lurking around the corner if there a number of obvious small jobs which have not been done. 5. Pets can be a problem. Ask family or friends to look after your pets whilst potential buyers are viewing the property. 6. Make it smell nice. A pleasant scent is important in creating the right impression. It is clichéd, but the grinding of coffee beans or baking of bread can make a difference! The house property should be aired and fresh. 7. Focal points. Every property will have one or more selling points, which make it appealing to a buyer. Think back to what attracted you to buy your home. Also, consider the type of people most likely to buy your property and the elements of it which will appeal to them. It may be an attractive and functional kitchen, a large garden or large bedrooms. These selling points should be emphasised so that the potential buyer’s attention is particularly drawn to them. Speak to your Sales Consultant for more information about how to make the most of the focal points within your home.