Prepare your property as if it were a first date

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Maria Pia Mcleod P. A.

Date Published: 2018-08-13

Attention to detail makes a big difference when taking photographs for the sale of a property and, especially, when you are preparing to receive the visit of a potential buyer.

The goal is to make the look of the house more appealing. After all, each visit is equivalent to a "first date", where the first impression is the most important one.

These details and efforts also open the possibility of executing the sale in a shorter period of time.

Following you will find ten aspects to consider before receiving a visit from the first interested party:

  1. Odors: Make sure you eliminate unpleasant odors, such as those produced by pets or food.

  2. Trash Cans: Empty and wash them with disinfectant at least once a week.

  3. Order: Keep each space as clean, clear and organized as possible, including cabinets.

  4. Painting: Neutral colors, such as white, provide a feeling of spaciousness and cleanliness. In addition, they are liked by most people and allow potential buyers to focus on the spaces of the house rather than on the colors.

  5. Personal Objects: Experts recommend to take down all personalized environments. Avoid family photographs and excess of paintings, decorative objects and appliances. The idea is to offer a "blank canvas" where potential buyers may picture themselves.

  6. Lighting and Ventilation: Open curtains and windows to let in light and air. Add lamps to make certain environments more welcoming and make the property in general look broad and cheerful.

  7. Furniture: Avoid bulky and expendable furniture, as they make the space look smaller. Sometimes even small furniture may also be inconvenient, especially if they impede free movement.

  8. Cabinets: Closets and other storage spaces are seen as an important plus. Keep them clean and invest in organizers to make them look spacious and functional.

  9. Bathrooms: They must be clean, organized and in excellent condition. Details like scented candles, imitation plants or towels tied with ribbons will help create a relaxed and luxury environment.

  10. Toilets: They must be impeccable and closed.

A final tip: walk the property putting yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer. Write down everything you observe, make a list of tasks to repair or replace items and ... good luck with the sale!

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