Preparing for a viewing

First impressions really do count when it comes to selling your home.

Think of when you view properties and how you are affected by the initial impression.

So first of all, consider such things like how the garden looks, could the windows do with a clean, could the front door do with a quick lick of paint.

Prior to a property viewing, there are some easy steps to take to make your property more appealing…

  • Keep it clean and tidy. De-clutter and create as much space as you can.
  • Open curtains and blinds to let natural light in.
  • Undertake any small and easy repairs that need doing.
  • If you want to re-decorate, go for neutral tones.
  • Banish smoke or pet odours. Open the windows regularly to let in fresh air, but obviously keep your house warm too if it’s cold.

When conducting viewings there are also some ideas you could consider…

Accentuate the positives

Focus on your property’s main attributes. This could be the garden or a gleaming new kitchen. Don’t be afraid to highlight the virtues of your home.

Be friendly but professional

When welcoming viewers make sure you are warm and courteous, but remember to keep things on a strictly professional level. Buyers might see over-friendliness as a sign of desperation on the part of the seller.

Make buyers feel comfortable

Some people might want to explore every nook and cranny – after all, they could soon be calling it “home” and want to ensure it is 100% right for them. Be sensitive to the time and space they may want to view your property.

Make the most of your outdoor space

This is important to many buyers, especially those with small children. So whether you have a large or small garden, make sure it is in good condition and make sure you show it to. You do have a small garden, ensure you mention local parks or playing fields.

Avoid the clichés

We all know the advice of old, a pot of homemade coffee and some freshly baked bread to give off a cosy, homely air. But buyers won’t be fooled. Be as natural as possible and don’t try and second guess what your buyers are looking for. It will just come across as false.