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Top tips for preparing your property for viewings

When it comes to selling or letting your home, it’s important to present your property in the best light possible as first impressions are crucial. It usually takes buyers under ten seconds to form their first impression on a property and presenting your property well is a sure fire way of attracting a larger audience and driving up demand.

Whether you are selling or letting your home these tips should help to simplify the process for you.

Start trying to think like a buyer/tenant by casting a critical eye over your property and identifying areas that require improvement.


  • Give your investment kerb appeal and make a good first impression from the outside. Make sure window dressings look neat and tidy from the outside.
  • Remove wheelie bins and any rubbish there may be in the garden
  • Make your entrance as welcoming as possible, with a planter or hanging basket
  • Repaint your front door if you think it’s looking a bit tired

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If your property is decorated with strong colours or a distinctive individual style, it may be wise to redecorate it in a simple neutral shade. A fresh coat of paint or new tiling can do wonders to smarten up your property.

  • Rearrange furniture to maximise the space you have in your property
  • Ensure beds are well made and that pillows and cushions are plumped
  • Use mirrors to enhance small areas or spaces which lack good natural light
  • A professionally cleaned carpet is a great way to get rid of dust and leave it looking brighter

Living areas

Decluttering is a simple task which can make all the difference. Having too many possessions on display prevents potential buyers and tenants from visualising your property as their own home.

  • Tidy away children’s toys, clothes/shoes and wires that may be lying around
  • Remove personal photos where possible
  • Finish odd jobs
  • Put cleaning products away and avoid leaving dishes in the kitchen sink or the draining board, it’s a good idea to empty the bins

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The smell of a property can instantly be a deterrent. Create a warm welcoming atmosphere using fresh flowers, a lightly scented candle or a spritz of air freshener.

  • Avoid cooking food with strong smells
  • Not everyone is an animal lover - clean out your pets litter tray or feeding bowl
  • Open curtains to allow as much natural light in as possible
  • Open doors and windows to allow fresh air into your property


It is not just the inside of a property that is important, but the appearance of the garden and any outside space can be just as vital to securing a sale or let.

  • Cut overgrown shrubs and grass
  • Put away toys, bikes and garden equipment
  • Mow the lawn if possible

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As the marketing and communications team at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward's head office, our aim is to keep you updated and informed where the London property market is concerned. In addition, we'll bring you tips on navigating current issues and trends in the market when buying, selling, letting and renting to ensure that whatever field you're interested in, you'll be completely informed.

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