Selling a home is all about first impressions. If the first impression is not good, it is rare that you will get to make a second. When people look around a house they are looking at the potential of the property – the rooms, space and garden. But not every house hunter is an expert in 'what could be'. It is therefore important to help stimulate their imagination by presenting your property in the right way. One, sometimes overlooked, aspect of preparing houses for sale is the garden. Yes, most people look for space in a garden, although more is not always 'more' for everybody. It is vital to present what you do have in the correct way, however a lot of house buying goes on in the warmer months, a time when lawns and vegetation grow quickly, so it is probably a good idea to keep on top of these things. In our experience, the key is to look smart and colourful without looking too high maintenance. It wants to be inviting, but maybe not too impressive, as not everyone is a keen gardener, and an impressive garden can look like a lot to take on. Containers are good, they tend to shout 'low maintenance.' The front of the property is the most important to keep clean, tidy and simple, as this really is where an applicant gets the first impression. Hanging baskets are an inexpensive way to make a good impression. If you have a lawn, do your best to keep it healthy and well-mown while selling your home. If you need any other advice, please feel free to call us, as we're more than willing to share our wealth of experience. Our valuations are free for all, even if you're not ready to sell for a few years it is good to stay up to date with your biggest tax free asset. Please contact the Normie & Co team on 0161 773 7715 to arrange for one of our valuers to pop round and take advantage of our expert advice.