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First Impressions

You only get one chance to make a first impression. First and foremost your home needs to look appealing from the street. Prune your garden, rake up leaves, clean gutters, weed and edge gardens, clean out the garage and remove anything that is not appealing to the property before the "for sale" sign goes up. It is then time to concentrate on having your property looking its best.


Repair fences, clear out sheds, remove cobwebs, clean the home exterior and if there's a pool, make sure it is looking pristine. Buyers want to imagine themselves in the pool, not cleaning it.


Repair leaky taps and toilets, tighten door knobs and cupboard latches, replace burnt or blown light bulbs and oil squeaky doors.


Clean and freshen all rooms. Steam clean carpets, clean windows, curtains and cooking facilities. Polish all tubs, basins, toilets, and wet areas. Use plenty of elbow grease.


Pets, smoking, dampness and cooking can all contribute to undesirable odours inside. Open your home and let the fresh air flow through before inspections. Air-fresheners and artificial smelly things can upset some buyer’s allergies, fresh air is always best.


Most of us love our pets, however buyers may not. Keep pets restrained during inspection times and clean up after them, you don’t want a buyer to put their foot in it.


Clear halls and stairs of clutter. Store surplus furniture and clear out excess “junk” in cupboards. Remember, the less they have in them, the bigger they look. De-clutter bench tops, window sills, cabinets etc.

Creating a buying mood

Let as much natural light in as possible, create ambience - flowers on the table, soft music, Enya perhaps. Arrange to be absent, but available to contact during inspections.

Before your house goes on the market

Have your home looking it’s best!

Have your solicitor or conveyancer prepare a SECTION 32 (Vendor’s Statement) before or at the time your property goes on the market. Being a legal document, a property cannot be sold without a Section 32. A section 32 requires a vendor (seller) to provide certain information to a purchaser pertinent to the property before a contract note is signed.

If there is a current lease on your property, check the expiry date of the tenancy, along with the termination requirements and advise your solicitor and real estate agent.

See your bank manager or mortgage broker. Make sure there are no hidden costs when it comes to paying out your mortgage.