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are favourable. Try standing out

on the road and visualising

what they will see, then change

things so that the vista becomes

more attractive.

Make sure that your garden

is tidy with plenty of colour

and absolutely zero clutter. Try

putting in some fresh plants

around the entrance, give those

shutters a fresh lick of paint and

invest a morning in cleaning the

windows so that the sunshine

the buyers are looking for can

come streaming in.

Children can create mess

beyond words. You may know

that the books, clothes, toys

and computers are just surface

clutter but they will distract the

buyer from seeing the positive

things (such as a room's size,

clarity of light or architectural

features). You should also recognise

that many buyers don't

want to be met by your family

dog jumping up and saying hello.

I've seen it happen hundreds

of times and have even had serious buyers

refuse to get out of

the car until the pets are on a

leash or taken away.

You should be aiming for a colourful approach

to the house

and a tidy and welcoming feel

indoors.

A GOOD TIME TO SELL

The property market in France is

growing stronger with 900,000+

homes sold in the last year.

This means that you need to

get two things right to ensure

a sale. Firstly, make sure that

your house is well priced when

compared to similar properties around

it. Nearly all buyers

will have this "comparable evidence"

at hand and will just dismiss

your property if the figures

don't stack up.

Secondly, ensure that you

give yourself the best chance

of a sale - snagging, painting,

planting and tidying will only

cost a handful of euros and a bit

of your time but this work will

repay itself a thousandfold.

Joanna Leggett is Marketing

Director of Leggett Immobilier

and a regular panellist on the

Property Question Time TV show.

1. Plant colourful shrubs and flowers along your

driveway - keeping the entrance to the house clear

of parked cars, bicycles and toys.

2. Give your shutters and front door a fresh

coat of paint and think about changing your door

knocker to make it stand out and more attractive.

3. Get rid of any nasty odours - above all make

your kitchen welcoming with fresh coffee and

bread far more preferable than last nights curry or

fried onions.

4. Make the beds, pick up dirty laundry, wash &

put away the dishes - even consider laying up the

dining table. Make sure that rooms are well lit.

5. Clear up any mess made by your cats & dogs.

Nothing puts a buyer off more than that!

Joanna's

5 TOP TIPS

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