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Presentation, never get 2nd chance

PRESENTATION, YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A  FIRST IMPRESSION

Buyers normally know what they want and with that comes what they’re looking for.

 

Kerb Appeal is so important

 

Most buyers make up their minds in the first 3 minutes of entering your home. The key is to get them through the door. A well presented property front, from garden, façade, paths, driveways are so important. You only get one chance to make that first impression. ……

 

At most times in the UK there are normally more properties on the market than buyers.  You need your home to stand out from the crowd. There’s nothing worse than the neighbours selling before you, then the new neighbours move in and in chat they say ‘We would off had a look at yours, but……..

 

De-Clutter

 

Buts and Ifs don’t sell houses. Listen to your agent get them to be honest, ask blunt friends. A key word is de-clutter. If you haven’t used something for 6 months are you likely to.  And when you do move you’ve got the hassle of taking that (something) with you, plus bigger removal vans cost more.

 

Break it Down

 

It makes sense to break your property down in areas and go round identifying areas requiring attention, such as:

 

Front Garden

Rear Garden

 

Dwelling Facades

 

 

Hall

Receptions: 1: 2: 3:

Kitchen

Breakfast Area

Cloakroom

Study

Conservatory

Other

Bedrooms:

1:

2:

3:

4:

5:

 

Bathroom/s

Opinions:

 

The Friend: Ok, so you’ve known this friend for some time, you know they may be a little blunt so get them round, a bit of paint here and a bit of filler there. What about the kitchen floor, I’ve always hated those gnomes. Air fresheners are great for dogs. You should throw those bottles away, Christmas was months ago. The best thing with this friend, they’ve got all the ideas, now get them roped into helping you get things done. After all it was their idea. ……

 

So were now on our way. But just before starting works start to work out a budget and get your agents opinion, they shouldn’t be rude or offensive, but if they fail to point out the obvious maybe they’re not the right agent. You want a proactive sales agent, not just a reactive agent.

 

Your now prepared for the worst and you’ve got an idea of what it might cost now call in the agent/s

 

The Agent: An agent should be able to advise on how he/she best feels the property would be presented and de-cluttered. Remember you’ve called them in as a professional to advise, use this wisely and don’t set unrealistic timescales or tasks. An agent will often know tradesmen such as decorators or builders if tasks are beyond capabilities.

 

Sense:

 

It makes good sense to work as a team with your agent and listen to level headed friends who are honest and can lend a hand. The whole process is about being sensible and planning.

 

There’s much to be said for a good spring clean, a few flowers and a spruce round with inoffensive magnolia and white gloss.

 

You’ve got your reasons for moving and so have your buyers. You need to make your home give the impression of allowing viewers to feel that this too could be their home and comfortable in offering you the best achievable price.

 

Last Thought:

 

Pets and Kids: Yes they’re part of the family, we all love them!, but not everybody will, make sure that the clawing trouser leg cat, the abusive parrot or too friendly dog that knocks everybody over are being lovingly walked or looked after elsewhere before viewers arrive. Concentrate on your viewing guests. Equally, the same goes for kids (not the angelic ones that will sit there quietly, but), kids seem to take the stage, whereas it’s your home that’s being staged. At worse if you can’t offload the kids to Gran, then try bribery and blackmail, yes ‘If your good and play QUIETLY in the garden, or sit there quietly and. .... I'll take you to the cinema, sweets and alike. It works wonders. Yes selling a home is a science.

 

It may even be that your agent does the viewings for you. Get your agent to give you as much notice as possable, bearing in mind its not always possable. But if so, whilst you take care of the family your agent can do their job.

 

 

And if all else fails

phone a friend.

 


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