Property News in Bristol, Somerset and Dorset

- Make sure your property is thoroughly cleaned and tidied before the photos are taken and the property is put on the market.

- Consider placing unnecessary clutter in temporary storage.

- A fresh coat of paint can really lift a property.

- Make sure that the bathrooms and kitchens are thoroughly cleaned, they need to sparkle

- If the property is part of a block of flats, make sure the common parts are clean, tidy and free from rubbish.

- Remove pet food and cat litter - as the sight and strong smells associated with pets can really put people off.

- If your property is currently empty then it might be worth considering dressing the proper ty to help make it look like more inviting to buyers.

- Carry out any minor jobs, touch up paint, replace fence panel, etc.

- Let in light and make sure temperature is correct, i.e. warm in winter and cooler in summer

- Keep the garden tidy and tuck any bins away in a tidy corner

- Wash down and paint front doors if they are looking tired and clean the windows

- Remove any dead plants

- If you have an outside light, make sure that it is working and switched on for evening viewings

- Try par king around the corner to give your potential buyer space to pull in as if they already lived there

- Present a useable room, i.e. keep a dining room for this purpose or dress a bedroom with a bed, etc.

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