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First Impressions are Critical!

Mon September 24, 2018


We are all familiar with the expression, ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’…this is absolutely spot-on when it comes to preparing your home to hit the market.  Presentation has to shine, and it must shine from day one; when a property is first loaded onto the internet this is when it gets the most hits, this is the hook and it has to be enticing! 

When buyers visit an open for inspection, they need to feel compelled to go inside, so exterior presentation is paramount; and once inside, they need to be impressed and/or feel connected to the property.  An immaculately presented property can generally attract a higher price than similar properties in similar locations; and impeccable presentation certainly makes it more appealing and easier to sell.

Below are some tips to enhance presentation and appeal:


  • Fresh paint (if needed)
  • Tidy garden beds & prune shrubs
  • Sweep paths
  • Keep lawn neatly mowed
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pet bowls/toys
  • Remove washing off line
  • Remove dead branches
  • Remove cars off driveway
  • Clear letterbox
  • Clean leaves out of gutters
  • Gurney exterior of house & driveway


  • Fresh paint (if needed) – choose neutral colours
  • New flooring (if needed)
  • Steam clean carpets
  • De-clutter every room
  • Remove excessive personal items
  • Clean windows…clean everything
  • Brighten with fresh flowers & fresh fruit
  • Fresh, new clean towels
  • Upgrade door handles (if needed)
  • Make sure all your lights work
  • Keep curtains and blinds open
  • Eliminate odours
  • If vacant – invest in styling package or virtual furniture

Your agent will be able to assist you with advice on what needs to be done to ensure presentation is sparkling and the property is looking at its very best, to extract optimum price and generate maximum interest.

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