Make sure that the area around the entrance to your property is neat and tidy with no broken concrete or weeds.
Make sure the scent of your home is pleasant and fresh. Spray polish works better than air freshener and will make your surfaces shine. Try to minimise cooking before viewings as a smelly kitchen is a real turn-off.
Make sure the property is free of pet hairs and animal smells. Remember, not everyone likes to live with pets.
Make your home appear bigger. You can do this by purchasing storage boxes and packing away the clutter, as well as clearing the kitchen surfaces from jars and utensils.
You can also create more space by pushing sofas and side tables back against the walls. Try taking up that rug – does the room look bigger without it? It can pay to invest in a coat of neutral colour paint – it may not be to your taste, but it will not offend theirs.
Laminated flooring is always a winner. It's modern, clean and buyers and tenants tend to love it. It will last for years to come, which is ideal for a rental property. If you do choose to stick with carpets throughout your home, neutral colours are always recommended.
Make sure there is plenty of light. Before prospective buyers or tenants arrive, turn on all the lights to make rooms look more spacious. A warm house is also more welcoming.
Let the potential buyers/tenants look around alone or with the agent so they can discuss the property. Try not to get into too many discussions with the buyer or tenant – let the agent do their job. Just be friendly and informative about the property. Showing clients around your home can be awkward and you may find yourself talking about unnecessary points or things they may not want to hear about.
Be realistic. The best way to sell or let your home is to make sure the asking price is the right one. Remember your property is not the only one on the market; it will be in competition with others. You need to set the right price in order to generate interest. Take the advice of your agent and also look at the property details for other similar homes in your area.