You’ve bagged yourself a viewing? Terrific. Now the fun starts. Make sure your home is in top condition and you may just bag an offer. Here are seven tips to hosting the perfect viewing…
Don’t under estimate the importance of your entrance. If your kerb appeal is strong viewers will be practically begging to enter. If your entrance is dismal, they may not even step through the front door. Sure, the key rooms in a property are your bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, but if your entrance resembles a cluttered mess, those key rooms won’t come off half as strong. Make your entrance bright and welcoming. De-weed the walkway. Clean your windows and polish any fittings. Have fresh flowers in the hallway, open your curtains and let in air to give your best first impression.
Understand that your persona and appearance will be just as important to a viewer as the appearance of your house. A home is in many ways a reflection of the owner. If you’re moody and stressed consider how your house will come across to potential buyers. Think happy owner, happy house.
Kitchen Is Key
By and large, the heart of any home is the kitchen and like the heart, it needs to be efficient and clean. De-clutter and remove any appliances such as toasters and kettles to create more space. Clean and put away washing up – you’d be surprised at how often this doesn’t happen. Ovens and microwaves attract grease and dirt like no tomorrow, so ensure they’re scrubbed clean. Functionality is the goal. Kitchens are usually on the receiving end of mess – it’s important they’re not in this condition come viewing time.
To Show Or Not To Show…
…that is the question. Once you’ve welcomed viewers, it will be important to gauge whether they wish to roam or be shown. Some viewers will rather you be hands on, showing them around. Others will prefer to explore for themselves. If they choose to be shown it’s important you don’t come across too pushy for the sale. Oh, and if your property has a unique selling point, save that trump card till last! Of course, your Local Property Expert will also be on hand to conduct viewings should you need them.
Take Advantage Of Your Garden
A garden can be a real bonus when undertaking viewings. Although the focus will quite rightly be on the interior of the property, a well-kept garden could mean the difference between securing an offer and not.
It’s important to realise that once your home is up for sale, it is effectively no longer yours. You need to distance yourself from the attachment a home creates and understand that seeing it as a house rather than a home will benefit your chances of selling.
No Pets Allowed
Although cute, Rover will only get in the way and may distract viewers from picturing themselves living in the property. Some viewers may also have allergies and fears of certain animals – so play it safe and find a way to remove them temporarily from the property.