De-cluttering is a must. Possessions everywhere indicate a lack of storage space and make it harder for viewers to picture themselves living there. Remove unnecessary furniture throughout the house, and ensure all areas are thoroughly cleaned.
Smoking can significantly reduce the price you get for your house. Try and smoke outside if possible, empty all ashtrays and preferably remove them for viewings and try to eliminate odours.
If you are a pet owner, ensure to clean and remove litter, and in particular pet hairs. Air freshener may be necessary to eliminate odours. Ensure this is used well in advance of viewings. Fresh flowers can also create a nice aroma and brighten a room. The right odour on entering a property is vitally important.
Ensure all windows are clean, and curtains are properly hung to allow as much light in as possible.
In the summer open the windows and allow fresh air to circulate.
In winter ensure the heating is on and the house feels warm, there is nothing more off-putting than a cold house.
First impressions do count, so ensure your front door and, if possible, the front of the property is newly-painted and looking smart. If you have a car on your drive ensure it is clean. Clear any rubbish or untidy bins from the front. If you have gates see they are in good repair.
Having the windows and carpets professionally cleaned makes a difference.
Make sure the bedrooms are tidy and that beds are made and look fresh, with clothes put away in wardrobes etc.
If you have a garden or terrace outside, sweep away leaves, and plant some bright flowers. If there is room, add a small table and chairs to show that outdoor dining is a possibility.
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