Tips for viewings when you're selling your house
As soon as your house goes up for sale, you’ll need to be ready for an influx of viewings, which in the current market, can come thick and fast. First impressions really count. So, when potential buyers come and view your home, it’s important that you take the opportunity to showcase it in the best possible light. That means creating a space that is welcoming, comfortable, and clutter-free. You want viewers to be able to imagine themselves living in the property, so it’s best they see something of a blank canvas.
Here are our top tips on house viewings when selling your property.
Make sure you prepare
If you want your home to look its best, you’ll need to start preparing before putting it on the market. You don’t have to spend lots of money or carry out extensive work, simple things really can make a difference.
Declutter each room, give any tired-looking walls a fresh lick of paint, fix anything that is broken, add fresh flowers to the main living areas, and add the perfect finishing touches. If your home has the wow factor and your potential buyer can instantly imagine themselves living there, they are more likely to put an offer in.
Maximise kerb appeal
The outside of your property is the very first thing potential buyers will see, so it’s important you maximise the kerb appeal of your home before any viewings. So tidy up the front and back gardens, make sure your doors and windows are clean and well maintained, and check for any outside damage that needs repairing.
Making simple aesthetic updates to the outside of your home can also help to make it look more appealing. Outdoor lights and plants can make a huge difference.
Not everyone loves animals, some people are scared of dogs, cats and other pets, and you must keep this in mind when inviting potential buyers to view your home.
When carrying out viewings of your property, make sure that your pets aren’t at home - you don’t want your four-legged friends putting potential buyers off. Pets can also be distracting during a viewing, especially if they become excitable.
It’s also worth noting that potential buyers who don’t own pets will be particularly sensitive to pet smells, so if you do have animals at home it’s worth that extra bit of cleaning or airing the house out.
Show the best rooms first
When carrying out any property viewing, you should always start by showing the best rooms first, so they stick in the buyer’s mind and put them in a positive mindset for viewing the rest of your home.
Rooms that influence buying decisions the most tend to be the most expensive parts of the home to replace or update, such as the bathroom, kitchen and main living area.
Be ready to answer any questions
Once you’ve guided the buyer around your home, invite them to sit down in a comfortable space where you can answer any of their questions. Be prepared to answer common questions about your home, including the type of boiler it has, the security system, local amenities in the area, schools, parking facilities, and the direction of the sun in your garden.
How we can help
At ShineRocks, we have years of experience selling properties. We can help you prepare and stage your property for when people come to view it.
If you require further advice about home staging or selling your home, or if you need a property valuation, ShineRocks can help – get in touch today.