First impressions count and kerb appeal is a real thing. Buyers often do a drive-by to check out the area before they make an appointment to view a property, so the importance of your front door should not be overlooked.
Whether your home is period or modern, soften the look with lots of large pots and plants that offer interest, colour and scent to greet viewers.
De-cluttering may be clichéd, but it is vital. How can a buyer see the space and proportions of your accommodation if their eyes are distracted by pictures or your collection of porcelain, no matter how lovely they are?
It can be a herculean task but try to restrict yourself to just the things you love and that work together.
Keep décor simple and aim for ‘fresh and clean’ look that will appeal to the widest range of buyers. Remember you are leaving this house and style is very subjective so be as neutral as you can to leave a ‘blank canvas’ for the new buyer.
Make sure your rooms are clearly defined for a specific function, ie if you have a dining room it should have a table and chairs and not be used as a junk or ironing room, even if that is how YOU use it.
Beautifully made up beds with white crisp bedding and stylish throws or cushions ALWAYS looks good.
For the kitchen and bathroom whether they are brand new or well-worn, the motto is Clean, Clean and Clean again. Make sure the porcelain, mirrors, windows and tiles sparkle.
Tidy the shelves and hide away the half used bottles leaving just the luxurious brands out. And yes everyone does it but it works – fresh flowers are always inviting especially if they have a lovely aroma.
Accessorising using cushions or light shades for instance, is a fairly inexpensive way of introducing a note of colour or style. But when thinking about where and what colours to use, try to consider maintaining the balance in your room, which again tries to maximise the feeling of space around you.
Shona Ford is senior negotiator at Winkworth Marlborough