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Preparing your home for marketing

What to do

 

"First impressions count with buyers. You don’t get a second chance to make a good impression. A small investment in time and money can give your home an advantage over competing homes in your neighbourhood."

 

 

 

 

 

We hope that the following checklist will be of assistance

 

 

Maintenance

  • Repair leaking taps and toilets
  • Tighten doorknobs and cupboard latches
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Touch up chipped paintwork
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Repair chalking around bath and basin
  • Repair blown light bulbs
  • Oil squeaking doors
  • Cleanliness
  • Clean and freshen bathroom and toilets
  • Clean sink of dirty dishes
  • Clean refrigerator and stove
  • Clean and freshen carpets
  • Keep curtains fresh and clean

 

Create Space

  • Clear rooms and stairs of clutter
  • Store any surplus furniture
  • Clear kitchen counters
  • Ensure that your cupboards are tidy

 

Outside appeal

  • Cut lawns
  • Trim hedges and shrubs
  • Weed and edge flower beds
  • Pick up litter
  • Rid driveway of leaves and grease stains
  • Clean out garage
  • Touch up paintwork
  • Repair loose doorknobs, sticking doors and cracked window panes
  • Swimming pool must sparkle

 

Creating a buying mood

  • Arrange to be absent during “showing”
  • Avoid children tagging along
  •  Leave the showing to the agent
  • Let the agent discuss price, terms and other factors to the clients
  • Turn on some lights
  • Turn on the air conditioning
  • Play quite background music
  • Add charm with flowers
  • Never apologise for the appearance of your home

 

 

"Never let anyone into your home unless they have an appointment.  You would not let a total stranger into your home.  Our 'for sale' board does not alter this situation. Let us ensure your security by referring any enquirer to us for qualification."