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Dress Your Property for Success

First Impressions Count

The immediate "road appeal" of a home can have a huge visual and emotional impact on a potential buyer. Many properties are "sold" even before the buyer crosses the front door while just as many are rejected in a drive by, where the buyer does not bother to get out of the car.

The tips below are a few practical ways in which you can make an instant positive impression.....


  • Keep lawn neat and mowed. Replace dead plants, keep shrubs pruned
  • Be sure the entrance to your home is clean and inviting
  • Store hoses neatly and be sure sprinklers don't water the walkways
  • Keep driveways and steps clear of debris
  • If you have a pool, be sure it sparkles. Keep the patio area neat and the yard furniture in good repair
  • Repair any cracked or broken windows and be sure the faucets and sprinkler system are in good working order
  • Apply fresh paint where needed


  • Store all counter-top appliances in cabinets to make counter space look larger, clean counters well
  • Replace counter tile or grout where needed
  • Make room bright and attractive. Put up new curtains
  • Clean the oven
  • Clean the floor area
  • Be sure sinks are clean


  • Check caulking around tubs and showers
  • Display fresh towels, guest towels and soap
  • Freshen up with plants or flowers
  • Repair leaking faucets and replace tile and grout if necessary
  • Keep mirrors and all chrome shining
  • Replace or clean shower curtain
  • Clean the floor
  • Personal items should be put away


  • Vacuum garage floor and rafters
  • Remove all unnecessary items. Clean the floor and tidy the shelves
  • Repair cracks in the garage floor with ready-mix concrete


  • Keep all lights on and doors to main rooms open
  • Eliminate unpleasant odours
  • Be sure drapes are open and windows are clean inside and out
  • Place fresh flowers throughout
  • Ensure that your pets are secured, so they do not annoy visitors.