Love at first sight - how your property can steal their heart

It’s February, so love is very much in the air, and whilst we exchange Valentines with the ones we love, you also have it in your power to ensure your property will steal the hearts of prospective buyers and tenants. Whether you believe in love at first sight or not, we all make assumptions on first impressions, and an unkempt exterior can make a viewer turn and run before a key has even gone into the lock (it has happened!). So if you want to maximise the potential of your property and ensure it is love at first sight, there are some things you need to know.


The colour of love

Let’s start with your front door, as the colour and condition of your door can set the tone for the rest of the viewing. Your door should make a statement and seduce the buyer, inviting them to take a look inside; if your door has faded paint and is looking rough around the edges, it may be a turn off.


Every colour has a meaning, so you could even incorporate a little colour psychology; for example, red, as we know, is a passionate shade, but it displays an air of fearlessness and a desire to stand out. In Feng Shui, blue is seen as a colour that can bring positive energy and a feeling of safety, whereas colour psychologists believe a green front door suggests the owner is trustworthy.


Kiss from a rose

Greenery can make or break a first impression. We have all walked down a street and seen a garden that is overgrown, or potted plants that are suffering from neglect. You don’t have to be a green fingered wizard to transform how your garden, entrance or doorway looks. If you have a lawn at the front of your home, ensure it is well-maintained, tidy up shrubs, bushes and flower beds and, where possible, add some seasonal planting to provide some colour.


If you don’t have a garden you can still add some life to your entrance by adding a couple of potted plants or shrubs, such as a small bay tree. Symmetry is key here, so if space allows, what you add to one side make sure you also add to the other. Again, you want to create colour, so the plants you choose should be in bloom.


Don’t go breaking my heart

Broken fences and gates and flaky paintwork give the impression that your property is unloved, and so how can you expect a buyer or a tenant to love it? Before you put your property on the market it is time to jump into action and throw yourself into a spot of DIY; if your skills leave a lot to be desired, grab someone who can help. A botched job is just as bad as neglect.


Up where we belong

Bins, now we all need them but, let’s face it, they are an eyesore. You may have no option but to have your bin on display, but is there any way you can minimise its dominance in your garden? If it is bin day on the day of a viewing, see if you can arrange for your bins to be put back in their place after they have been emptied. You wouldn’t like to arrive at a property and the first thing you see is a series of bins, and neither will your potential buyer or tenant.


Truly Madly Deeply

Now your property has kerb appeal it is in the best position for someone to fall truly, madly deeply on first sight.


For more advice on how to present your property for sale, contact your local Bidmead Cook branch.Love at