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Presenting your home in it’s best possible light gives you the advantage over similar properties competing in the same market.

KITCHEN: Stove, refrigerator and sink should be spotless, all workspaces should be clean.

BATHROOMS: Neat, spotless and fresh. Repair any broken -tiles, reseal around bath and basin, if necessary.

WARDROBES & CUPBOARDS: (have a good clean out – untidy or overly crowded storage areas suggest inadequate space.

CHILDREN and pets can distract buyers from thinking positively. Keep them secluded or out of the house, if possible, at times when the house is being inspected by prospective buyers.

LAWNS & YARDS: Remove clutter, cut grass, edge path s, t rim hedges, weed gardens.

FRONT OF HOUSE: Paint, fix or wash fences, steps, windows, screens and front door.

OTHER EXTERIOR: Paint, fix or wash side or back door, gutters, wash windows.

GARAGE: Straighten up, paint, fix or wash doors and windows.

PLUMBING: Repair dripping taps, leaky toilets.

LIGHTS: Replace all burned out bulbs, faulty switches.

HALLS & STAIRS: Remove clutter to give a wide appearance.

HARDWARE: Oil hinges, tighten doorknobs and taps.

HALLS & STAIRS: Remove clutter to give a wide appearance.

HARDWARE: Oil hinges, tighten doorknobs and taps.

GENERAL CONDITION: Dust, wash, paint, fix defects.

CREATE a feeling of spaciousness by storing unnecessary items.

OPEN drapes in daytime, close at night.

TURN on sufficient lights when showing.

SPRAY with scented disinfectant especially if smokers live in the house, or put percolated coffee on before buyers arrive.

IN WINTER: If you have heating, use it when showing.

THE REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON needs to have as much privacy as practicable when showing your home. If the buyer asks you questions about the house and neighbourhood, answer directly and honestly. Questions about an offer or price should be referred to your salesperson.

SECURITY: Barfoot & Thompson’s lockbox system is able to provide your property with the greatest possible protection against unauthorised entry – and it’s always accessible, with your permission, to a Barfoot & Thompson salesperson accompanying prospective buyers.