#TuesdayTips - create the perfect first impression
Posted 16 February 2016 by Helen Christie
According to research, it takes just eight seconds for someone to decide whether or not they want to buy a house, so when it comes to getting your home prepared, you want to make each of those seconds count.
Give your garden some love
If you have a front garden, this will usually be the first thing a potential buyer will see. Make sure your lawn is trimmed, weeds are removed and make sure your fences and gates are in good order. If you have garden furniture, give the garden a homey feel by putting these out, although don’t clutter the lawn.
Hanging baskets filled with beautiful flowers, clean windows and a welcome mat can make a world of difference as your viewers step into your home.
Light it up
Make sure all bulbs are shining brightly to avoid dark, dull corners. Putting an extra lamp in awkward spaces will ensure that every area is lit up to show off your home.
One of the first things prospective buyers will notice is the smell. Damp, musty washing and pet smells often linger, but they are easily remedied. Scented candles, diffusers and fresh flowers are a quick and cheap fix, or if you’re feeling ambitious, there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked goods as you walk into a home.
Where possible, choose light, bright shades to make every room feel open and spacious. Beautiful white linen and towels give a clean finish. If you want to give anywhere in your home a fresh lick of paint, stick to natural hues.
A clean, tidy house is essential. Clean the windows, mop the floors, dust those awkward shelves that haven’t been touched in weeks – even get in a professional cleaner, well worth the investment in preparation for an open house.