When you make the decision to put your property up for sale, it’s our job as estate agents to generate as many viewings as possible. Converting the viewings to offers is what every vendor wants, and you can play an essential part in this process.
Making sure your property looks its absolute best and spotless for those all-important viewings really can make all the difference– but there is more to it than just cleanliness.
We often find that the best strategy is to imagine your property as a blank canvas. It’s no longer your home, but somewhere that someone else can transform into their own little paradise. Everything should be minimalistic so that viewers can imagine where they might kick back on the sofa or host their dinner parties.
Take a look at these tips and tricks to help you increase your property’s selling potential and ultimately get you moving up the property ladder as soon as possible.
Get drive-by ready
One of the first things to think about is the outside of your property. We are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the reality is that most buyers like to drive-by any properties that they are interested in first before going through the process of booking a viewing.
Therefore, it is essential to ensure the front of your property looks tidy and inviting, so buyers want to see more. Consider trimming your hedges and maybe buying a few hanging baskets. If necessary, give the front door, and your window frames a new lick of paint.
Have a good de-clutter
Preparing for viewings is the perfect opportunity to have a clear out. You might have grown quite attached to all the little nick-nacks you’ve acquired over the years, but too many ornaments and decorations can make a house look cluttered. Ask yourself what you need. After all, the less you need to pack come moving day the better.
You should also be wary of anything blocking your windows, like large vases or plants. Natural light is one of the most sought-after characteristics in a property, so you should endeavour to have as much light flooding into the room as possible. It’s also a good idea to keep any family photographs on display to a minimum, as this will help viewers imagine the property as their own.
Make yourself presentable
When it comes to viewing day, it’s important to take pride in your own appearance, as well as that of your property. Ensure that you are well-dressed, friendly and approachable. Guide viewers around the house, but don’t escort them. Keep things informal, often the best advice is to speak when spoken to, focusing on the positive aspects of the property.
Of course, you may prefer to let one of our highly-professional, Redbrik property representatives take the stress away from the viewing experience. First impressions are crucial when it comes to house viewings, and you can rest easy knowing our dedicated professionals will do everything they can to sell your home while you head out and enjoy your day.
Keep the little ones under control
It’s sometimes best to keep small children out of the way when viewings are taking place. A potential buyer might shy away from a purchase if they feel they are just getting in the way when trying to admire your home.
Remember to also tackle your children’s bedrooms. They might look like a bit of a war zone, but viewers are likely going to want to check out every room in the house, and it’ll be difficult for them to decide when they’re tripping over piles of toys. Be warned – don’t quickly chuck everything inside built-in wardrobes and cupboards as the viewers might want to look inside them!
And the furry ones too!
We all adore our pets, but sometimes its quite easy to forget that not everyone is an animal lover. The last thing you want to do is scare off a potential buyer by having a big, fluffy dog try to jump on them as soon as they walk through the door!
If possible, try to get someone to look after your pets while viewings are taking place, or at the very least put them in the garden while viewers fall in love with your property. It’s also recommended to tidy away any messy pet bowls, and to keep your windows open to replace any lingering animal smells with some much-needed fresh air.
Catch up on any odd jobs
When it comes to owning property, it can sometimes feel like there are 101 things to fix at once, so it’s no shock that there are a few things that just slip under the radar. This is especially true when it comes to things like the lightbulb in that old cupboard you never use, or that tap which you could never quite get to stop dripping entirely.
Of course, while you might have almost completely forgotten these faults even existed, they might make all the difference to someone coming to view your home – there is nothing worse than walking around a property and taking mental notes of all the things that need fixing. Take the time to go around your home and ensure that every room is in the best shape it can be.
Keep things seasonal
It’s important to consider the weather outside before a viewing, especially in Winter. Potential buyers will be trying to envision themselves all cosied up in your living room, which will be hard if your home is freezing cold. Just before viewers arrive, turn the thermostat up a few extra notches, pop the fire on and even put a few blanket outs – it can make all the difference when your guests are rushing in to keep out of the frosty conditions.
Sort out the Bathroom
The bathroom is often one of the most challenging rooms to keep tidy, particularly if you have a full-house jumping into the shower every morning. Nevertheless, it’s a room viewers will inspect, so you’ve got to do your best to keep it looking spotless and organised.
Keep the windows open and ensure the extractor fan is being used so there isn’t any trapped moisture. Put out clean, dry towels and hide away all your favourite shampoo and conditioner, so it looks nice and roomy. A common turn-off we see is when the sealant in-between bathroom tiles has started to turn mouldy, it can easily be solved by scraping away and replacing.
It might be a bit of a cliché, but there is no denying that there is nothing quite like coming home and opening the door to the smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread. If you’re the sort of person who tends to leave things in the oven a bit too long, brewing a fresh pot of coffee can work just as well.
Just make sure to leave the place sparkling after you’ve finished making the place smell aromatic by wiping down and polishing all surfaces and appliances included in the sale, as well as clearing the sink of any dirty dishes.