Sights, Sounds and Smells: How to Prepare your Home for Viewing
When you have to show your home to potential buyers, or indeed to potential renters, there are a number of important factors to take into consideration. And while there will be plenty of minor details that need to be taken care of, the most important thing to remember is that you are trying to make your property stand out from the rest.
It’s vital for you to bear in mind the fact that viewers are almost certainly going to be looking at a number of homes, and several of those on their list will seem like much of a muchness by the time the viewing process is complete. By that stage, you want your house or flat to be the one that ticked all the right boxes.
First impressions are crucial
If the outside of your home is untidy, unkempt and uncared for, the impact on potential buyers or renters can be devastating. In some instances, viewers will have made their minds up before they have even knocked on the door, so it’s important for the outside of the place to look as good as the inside. Therefore, tidy up the front garden and keep the area clean.
A de-clutter is vital
People make their minds up very quickly about individual rooms, and that’s why chaos and clutter are definite drawbacks. Make sure your home is as tidy as it can be, and that means disinfecting kitchen surfaces, cleaning mirrors and polishing furniture. Nobody expects to see a show home, of course, but an organised and tidy property is more likely to appeal to viewers.
Don’t forget the outside
While you might make every effort to leave the inside of your home sparkling, you must not forget the outside. Garden rubbish, discarded toys and unused implements are a no-no here. There are many people for whom the garden is a major selling point, so be sure to put the effort in. The same applies to outbuildings such as sheds, workshops, garages and summer houses.
Make it a sensory experience for viewers
If you thought it was a cliché to have the aroma of fresh coffee in the home during a viewing, you’d be right, but it really does work. Viewers to your property will vote with their noses as well as their eyes when they visit, so it’s also a good idea to have flowers in one or two rooms as well. The TV should be switched off at this stage, but it doesn’t hurt to have some pleasant, understated music on in the background while people wander around.
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