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LEGGETT IMMOBILIER - LOCAL KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN TRUST

Make sure

shutters

are open

and your

windows

are clean.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I have said before that you

should approach the sale of

your property from a buyer's

perspective, not as a seller -

and, most importantly, take

emotion out of the equation.

That means that you need to

ensure the best possible "first

impression".

A study by scientists at

Princeton University showed

that first impressions of people

are made in just one tenth of a

second and it's pretty likely to

be the same for a house. That's

a blink of an eye and you need

to make sure that it's a favourable one.

Stand out on the road

and visualise what the potential

buyer will see.

Is your garden tidy with

plenty of colour and absolutely zero

clutter? Try putting in

some fresh plants around the

entrance and make sure shutters

are clean and windows are

sparkling. Buyers don't want to

be met with childrens toys scattered

around the lawn or barking dogs

giving them a warm

welcome. Aim for tidy, colourful

and welcoming.

TOP TIPS?

Once you have the potential

buyers over the threshold, here

are five more simple ways to

impress:

• Keep your pets away. Absolutely make

sure that litter trays

are emptied and dog hairs are

vacuumed up. Bad smells and

dirty floors/furniture will definitely not help your

house sell

for a premium.

• Tidy up and remove clutter,

particularly in the main living areas. It will make

them look bigger

and more appealing.

• Good lighting sells houses.

There's a reason why developers'

show homes always have

the lights on, even in daytime.

• Leave your agent to do their

job. They will know the buyers'

"hot buttons", when to go in to

detail and when to hang back.

• Have all the documentation

ready and available. Invoices

for work done, cadastral plans

showing boundaries and any other info

that may be requested.

No need to get it out if it's not

asked for though.

FINALLY...

Most vendors have an over inflated view

of what their house

is worth, so please do listen to

what your local agent tells you

and be realistic with your pricing.

The market here is pretty

good at the moment but, even

so, an overpriced house will not

sell.

Take the steps outlined

above, make sure the agent

takes photographs worthy of

your efforts and you will be well

on your way to getting the best

possible price for your property

- bon courage!

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