Mark Parkinson, Managing partner at Middleton Advisors, country buying agents advises:
A fresh Christmas tree – fresh pine, rather than overpowering cinnamon sticks.
Once regarded as a valued tip for the vendor, now smells of coffee brewing and baking bread raise suspicion in a purchasers mind. What is the home owner trying to hide; the smell of mildew, a smoker perhaps or wet dog? Neutral odours achieved with fresh air are a safe bet, and will not offend any nose. You may believe that your wild apple and ylang ylang scented candles are a welcoming smell to potential buyers, proceed lighting too many with caution. In large open spaces scents can be appealing, used in a smaller study or every room within the house they can be overpowering, and leave the potential purchasers with a nasty headache! Plug in air fresheners are often even worse.
People and Pets
Children on school holidays? Family staying at Christmas time? They need to be out of the way for viewings.
Pets are much like children, you love them dearly, however other people probably don’t feel the same, accept this fact and keep them locked away, or out of the house completely! Keep distractions to a minimum, although dogs and animals are part of country life, people do not necessarily want them accompanying them on viewings. [Read more…]