First impressions have never been more important. Many potential buyers after viewing a property online will then go and look at a property from the outside before arranging a formal viewing. Your messy hedges or uneven paving stones could lose you a sale before you've even invited viewers inside. Take a moment to emotionally distance yourself from your surroundings and be critical!
Before your viewings begin, have a quick wander down your road or street and look at your house alongside your neighbouring properties. Could your window frames or facade do with a quick lick of paint to get them up to scratch? Do you need to re-lay an uneven paving stone or two?
Always ensure that the front garden is tidy, as soon as a board is erected outside people will begin to pay close attention to your house and they may even be a potential buyer. Give the lawn a mow, and get rid of those annoying weeds. Gardening skills aren't required - just make sure it is presentable and tidy. Colourful flowers are a bonus (season dependent of course).
Always remember the 3 Cs - Cosy, Clean and Clutter-free.
Dog or cat baskets and toys should be hidden away and all areas of your house should be pet-hair free. Freshen up each room with room sprays and fragrances or open windows for a blast of fresh air.
Draw back curtains and make the living areas as light as possible. Sunlight immediately transforms a drab room and creates the illusion of space.
Bedrooms are probably the most personal rooms in the house, so try to make them welcoming. All clothes should be put away and carpets should be fluffy and spotless.
You need to create a light, airy, clutter free ambience to the room.
Make sure all bins in the property are clean and empty.
Always ask your agent for tips on how to arrange the property. A good agent should always arrange settee cushions, and clear away anything unsightly, put any clutter out of sight and open and straighten all curtains and blinds before taking marketing photographs or before conducting a viewing.