13 Sep 2021
It can be difficult knowing what to focus on when you are thinking about selling your home. This can be a huge factor in your move, and you will want to sell your home as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth transfer to a new location. While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, first impressions do matter, and many people say that they have made up their minds about a property within the first few minutes of seeing it. Therefore, it’s vital that you take care in preparing your home before you conduct any house viewings, whether they are virtual or in-person. We have created 5 simple selling house viewing tips.
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This step can be difficult, particularly if you are still living in and using your home while viewings are being undertaken. Making sure that there is no dust, stains, or other grime around the house, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, can significantly increase the chance of your house selling quickly. It’s also a good idea to consider the smells around your house during a house viewing. This can be a powerful factor in people’s decisions, so consider freshening up the odours in your rooms, particularly soft furnishings.
While kitchen renovations and extensions to a property can make a home more sellable, you might not have the time or budget for such big projects. If this is the case, there is no need to panic. Big changes are not necessary, however you should examine the smaller fixes that could harm your home’s first impression. Whether this is broken light fixtures, broken skirting board or peeling paint, these elements deserve your attention. They can be quick and inexpensive alterations but decorating to sell your home can make a huge difference to potential buyers.
This is an easy and obvious step for many people selling their homes, but it is nevertheless important. Whether you place your items in your new property or utilise self storage facilities, removing large items and presenting rooms with fewer belongings will present rooms as larger and with more space. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to leave some items to give more unimaginative buyers an idea of what the space could look like when furnished. Decluttering will be easier for potential buyers to imagine their own furniture and personal items around the house, increasing the chance of them purchasing your home.
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Kerb appeal is the very first impression your home will make - what does it look like from the street? It may be somewhere you don’t spend a lot of time so it’s worth standing outside or asking for a fresh opinion. Whether it has a path, front garden, or driveway, you can put its best side forward by tidying it up. Remove any weeds from pathways and tiles, cut back overgrown shrubbery or give the front of the building some TLC. Your front door is a good place to start, with a wipe down or even a fresh coat of paint.
It’s also important to consider what else is visible from the road - if your bins are stored outside, ensure they are clean and not overflowing. Any tools, mops, or gardening equipment you store outside should also be tidy if visible from the front path.
The amount of light inside your property is one of the most important house viewing tips. More light and air can make the rooms feel bigger and more comfortable, and there are a few ways to increase it. Ensure your curtains are open, clear obstructions from windows - both inside and out - to allow as much light in as possible.
Aside from natural light, when decorating to sell your home ensure that your light fixtures are working correctly and that lamps are positioned to light up any dark corners of rooms. Additionally, adding mirrors in hallways or on shelves can allow more light around the room, as well as creating the illusion of more space. All these factors will make your home more appealing to visitors.
If you are carrying out viewings face to face, check out our blog with top tips for property viewings during COVID-19.