First impressions really do count, and whether you are preparing for a job interview, to meet your partner’s parents for the first time or preparing your house for sale you really do only get that one chance to make a positive lasting impression. There are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of a positive viewing for your property. Done right, first viewings could even lead to offers if they have the wow factor. Here, we give a little advice on how to make a great impression from the moment your prospective buyers turn up.
It is a great idea to declutter your home before the viewings start. It can often be hard for people to imagine themselves in a property if it is filled with a huge number of belongings. So, take a look at what you have and consider getting rid of items you no longer want or need. Look at putting your house on the market as a great opportunity to have a clear out; after all, you don’t really want to take things you no longer use with you when you do move. It is worth decluttering before your estate agent takes the photos of your property; these give potential buyers the first look at your home so make sure that it is a very favourable one.
Whilst a good estate agent will try to give you some notice for viewings it is inevitable that there might be times when somebody is in the area looking at properties and wants to look at yours with little notice. It is worth making sure that once your property is on the market you try to tidy up regularly so that you are ready for viewings, both the planned and the unplanned ones. Getting into a routine of keeping everything tidied up will make it much easier if you get a viewing at short notice.
Many homeowners spend all their time getting the inside of their home looking great but pay little attention to the initial appeal of the property – the exterior. A gate that needs a lick of paint, untidy borders and a less than pristine looking front door could put prospective buyers off before they have set foot through the door. Small exterior maintenance tasks may make all the difference when it comes to getting those all-important offers.
Many savvy homeowners prefer to leave property viewings to their estate agent – and this is often a great idea. After all, they are not emotionally attached to your house the way that you are, so can be more objective about things that potential buyers comment on. They can also offer potential buyers a truly professional and impartial viewing of your home, and may even point out things that you would not think to.
Here at Rush Witt & Wilson, we have a wealth of experience when it comes to helping make a great first impression with a property viewing. Why not let us help prospective buyers fall in love with your property?