Getting your property ready for viewings
Prepare your home for a viewing
Presentation matters- Buyers/Tenants are coming to look around your property, and you need to make an effort to show your home at its best.
Don’t make buyers/Tenants imagine how good it could be – show them. Decide on the strengths of your property and show them off. Go all out to impress. Here are our seven top tips for preparing your home for a viewing. Marketing your property is key, but it’s only half the battle. Once you have a prospective buyer interested in viewing your property, you should do everything you can to really “sell” your property.
From kerb appeal to ‘the little things’, this post will show you how to correctly prepare your home for a viewing.
1. Drive by appeal
First impressions are important for any sale and houses are no different whether selling or renting out your property.
Many buyers/Tenants will make a drive-by visit to your property at different times of the day before they decide whether or not to make a viewing and make an immediate judgement.
Tidy up the outside of your home, regularly mow the lawn, trim hedges and remove any weeds from your beds or pathways. Consider giving the front door and the window frames a lick of paint, and if it’s the right season put some pots or baskets outside your property. Make them want to come in.
Once you’ve taken care of the exterior, it’s time to work on the interior
2. Bathrooms and toilets
Clear away the mountain of toiletries, sponges, medication and make up that seems to accumulate in the bathroom. Clear away children’s bath toys and put out clean, dry, folded towels, empty any bins, wash any bath mats and clean the toilet.
Bath and shower fittings should be spotlessly clean. Clean and open windows to clear away any excess moisture. Consider replacing bath and shower sealants if mould has accumulated.
3. Living areas
You need to declutter
Clutter makes a room feel smaller and makes it harder for a buyer to imagine their furniture in there and may taint their desire to living in your home. Make sure distinctive features like fireplaces can be fully appreciated. Let the natural daylight flood in by pulling back the curtains, cleaning the windows and removing any items that might block light such as vases or photo frames on window sills. Keep the house warm in the winter but, whatever the season, be sure to regularly throw open the windows to let fresh air in. During viewings, turn off the TV and any music that might be distracting.
Let the viewer walk into each room first so they get a feel for the size of the rooms without you standing in front of them
Clean and polish all surfaces, fittings, handles, cupboard fronts and appliances. Clean inside the oven and any integrated appliances that are included in the sale= Cleanliness is key.
Clear any clutter from surfaces and make sure the sink and draining area is completely clear. Pet bowls should be cleared away, and always let in a blast of fresh air to clear any stale cooking smells. Freshly brewed coffee or baked bread are still the most appealing aromas to be found in the kitchen – it’s a cliché, but it’s true!
5. Space and order
Potential buyers will want to see every room, so make an effort on every space in your house. The kids’ rooms can look like warzones, but spend some time sorting them out so they look like bedrooms again. Toys can be boxed and all clothes, including shoes, should be cleared away. Buyers will want to look in cupboards and lofts too, so try to put these spaces in order.
For many people the garden is one of the biggest selling points. Tidy away any rubbish, weed and cut the grass and put out some potted plants to soften patios and yards (even artificial plants can look just as good). A seasonal fertiliser will add colour to a tired lawn. Be sure to cut back any boisterous bushes, particularly in smaller gardens. Also, jet wash patio areas as this is one less job for a new occupier to do (They will have a ‘To do list’ for the property) and the shorter that you can make the list…. The better.
7. And finally, you love your pets but…
your potential buyers may not. or may have allergies. Ask a friend or neighbour to take care of them during a viewing so as not to distract (or scare) a potential buyer from your property. If possible, have your children visit a friend or relative as small children can distract attention and no one wants to walk into a room with bigger children sitting in there on their game’s consoles.
Always Ask !.