(PRWEB) February 29, 2012
1. Paint your front door. First impressions count and this is the first thing people are going to look at. Take a look at your door knocker and letterbox too, they are easy to upgrade if necessary. If you have the time then give your front gates a fresh coat too.
2. Tidy your front garden and make sure that the approach to your door is clear. Sweep up any leaves, get rid of kids toys and make sure that cars and bicycles are garaged. A few colourful plant pots around the entrance can also work wonders.
3. Clean your windows. There's no point having wonderful views over the French countryside or the local church if you can't see out of the windows.
4. Add greenery to even the smallest courtyards. Many people looking for holiday homes don't need acres of land but they will still want charm. Creepers and window boxes can bring small areas to life.
5. Don't allow the neighbours to let you down. If they have left rubbish outside their house then politely ask them to move it. If you're out trimming your hedge then offer to do theirs too.
6. Make sure that your house sparkles internally too. Remove all clutter and don't forget that white or neutral colours are the natural choice of most buyers.
7. Old French houses can appear dark - take down the net curtains, lighten up the walls if necessary and make the most of your lighting.
8. Make sure that the house is well aired and smells fresh. Freshly brewed coffee is a well known tactic but it does offer a welcoming aroma in the kitchen.
9. Give the estate agent a set of keys and be agreeable to "short notice" viewings - sometimes the most demanding clients are the most serious.
10. Allow the estate agent to do their job. Unless requested leave the viewing to the professionals, most buyers aren't interested in every last detail of the house no matter how proud you are of it.
We hope that you find this helpful and, of course, all of our agents at http://www.frenchestateagents.com will be happy to offer bespoke advice on these matters when they first take the instruction on.