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Selling your house is a little like setting up a shop. You need to make it attractive so potential buyers are impressed and can imagine themselves living there. How can you make your house more attractive to potential buyers? There are a number of simple way, but be objective.

Think about what people see as they first walk through the door.

Welcoming – Make sure your property is warm and welcoming in winter and light and airy in summer, open windows if possible and get some fresh air flowing through the house.

Kerb appeal – make sure your property looks at its best from the road/approach. Many people drive by before they make appointment to view and that all important kerb appeal’ can make or break a viewing opportunity. Ensure the garden is tidy and that your front door looks smart.

Illuminate – Show your property in its best light – if it makes it look better, switch on all the table lamps, but try and avoid having every light on in the house, as this could cause alarm bells to ring in viewers minds.

Dogs & children – Try to make the house as empty as possible, if you have a dog arrange for someone to take it out for a walk (not everyone likes dogs) and if you have children consider having them cared for while viewings are taking place. Potential buyers find it much easier to imagine themselves in a property if it is emptier and free from distractions.

Clutter – Remove all clutter from the main entrance, first impressions really do the count. The more ‘neutral’ a place can be the better.

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