Presentation is the most important factor when selling your house.

  • Pictures are the first thing to attract attention.
  • You don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
  • Buyers form an opinion of your home within the first 8 seconds then spend the rest of the viewing backing up their first impression whether good or bad.
  • Small changes at little or no expense can make a huge difference.


  • For maximum kerb appeal make sure your driveway and path are clear, weed-free and inviting.
  • Don’t forget the garage — eliminating clutter from this part of your home will really give househunters a clear idea of the space available.
  • Mow the lawn and trim the hedges, remembering to clear away garden play equipment.
  • DIY time – mend any broken hedges, gates or walls and replace broken or damaged guttering.
  • No garden?  Put up hanging baskets for a welcoming, homely feel stepping inside.
  • Clean the front door (give it a lick of paint if needed!) to make a great first impression.


  • Pack away shoes, coats and bags from the hallway to create a clear space.
  • Replace any lightbulbs to make sure your possible buyer steps into a beautifully lit home.

Living Room

  • Create a spacious, airy feel by opening all windows and moving furniture away from the walls.
  • Switch fires on and buy fresh flowers to set the right ambience.
  • Make sure distracting electrical equipment like TVs and stereos are switched off.


  • The comforting smell of fresh baking or freshly brewed coffee is a tried and tested way to entice would-be buyers.
  • Old or unpleasant cooking smells aren’t – so be wary of putting people off.
  • Clear the decks — clean, clutter-free work surfaces are a must.
  • Don’t forget the appliances too – sparkling kettles, toasters and microwaves will give your home an aspirational feel.
  • Get out the mop!  A gleaming kitchen floor is a quick and easy way to make a big impression.


  • Keep the bath, shower and floor spotless ahead of appointments — make sure the floor is clean and dry.
  • Spruce up your tiling by bleaching mildew stains from the grouting.
  • Clear away toiletries to give the room a spacious, neutral feel


  • Dress the beds with fresh sheets in neutral shades.
  • Tidy away clothing and clutter.
  • Keep windows open to add light and air to rooms.
  • Vacuum all carpets.