• Ben Percival


Updated: May 30, 2020

Step 3 - First Impressions Count // part 1

So you’ve got a plan in mind and you’re keen to get this show on the road.

Before you grab the toolbox, take a stroll through your home. That’s right - pretend you’re setting foot into this property for the first time. What did you notice? Make note to repair or replace the items that stood out to you.

I asked you to put your buyer's hat on, because wear & tear is one of the biggest turn-offs for buyers. Chipped tiles, stained carpet, scuffs on the wall, loose door handles and other obvious signs of damage instantly alert there is work required. This could potentially diminish their initial enthusiasm for your property or lower the price they are prepared to pay.

Launching yourself into a full blown renovation may be tempting, but I recommend discussing what areas to overhaul with your agent, before you start tearing down walls. You want to increase appeal without overcapitalising.

The list of every screw that needs tightening, grout that needs scrubbing and the paint swatches you're looking at online will come in handy next week, but for now, hold your horses! First we need to get stuck into the nitty-gritty: sit down & compare your notes to the checklist below.

A few small nips and tucks can make all the difference in achieving the maximum sale price for your property. I've listed some key points to consider:

Ideally, this list will help you decide what projects will add value to your home. Now it's your turn to create a positive impression of a well looked after house, without burning cash.

Next week, I’ll be sharing a checklist to help you revamp the interior of your home, room by room!

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