To get the best possible price for your property good presentation is essential. It is important to make sure that your property stands out from the crowd when preparing it for sale or rent.

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Instant Improvements
Obviously first impressions are crucial. As soon as a potential buyer steps through the threshold (before that, in some cases) they will have a gut feeling about the property. Put yourself in their shoes. A fresh coat of paint on your door and a neat garden path are simple and cost-effective ways to entice potential buyers. It may seem trivial but does your door open smoothly and quietly? If it has a doorknocker, is it sturdy and polished? Does the doorbell work?  If the answer is no to any of these questions then it's time to call the handyman.

Clean and De-clutter
On the days leading up to your sale, buyers may wish to contact you and view the property on the same afternoon - which you need to be prepared for. Surfaces and carpets need to be 100% clean. Any random objects lying around need to be put neatly into a cupboard or thrown out. If any pieces of furniture are scruffy or scuffed why not cover them with a coloured throw.

Kitchens & Bathrooms
It is often said that kitchens and bathrooms sell properties. With this in mind remove all items from work surfaces and sinks and clean all kitchen surfaces - don't forget things like taps. Look in your cupboards and see what you can do without; you need to do this because your buyers will be exploring to see what storage space they have available. Oven, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge freezer, dishwasher - all of these will need cleaning. Remove any out-of-date or smelly foods from the fridge and throw them away. You can add more colour to your kitchen by introducing some fresh flowers in a nice vase.

If you have small bathrooms, it is a good idea to decorate them in light colours or all in white. Hang fresh towels up and choose a nice coloured toilet roll to decorate the room - again flowers are nice touch.

Space is what buyers are looking for in a bedroom. If you have any large wardrobes that are taking up too much space or light remove them and all the other personal things that you have lying around.

Always make sure that the bed is made and dressed with your best covers, if the viewing is taking place in the evening, put your bedside lights on and turn the main light off. Let viewers walk into the room first so they can see what a relaxing environment it is, then you can turn the main light on if needed.

People want to buy your house and move straight in and relax, not arrive with their toolbox at the ready. It is well worth going the extra mile to make a good impression on potential buyers.


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