It is worth knowing that most people will decide whether or not to buy a property within the first few moments of viewing it, so first impressions really count!
Our Top Tips Are:-
Choose the Right Time
Make sure you have plenty of preparation time to get your house looking at its best. Ideally, you should show your house during daylight hours. It can be best to avoid times when you are pressed for time or when your children will want your attention. A stress free environment is what you should aim to project.
Prepare your House
Tidying up is a given, but there is more to it than that. Your house should be well heated and every room should be lit. Lamps are often better than main lights because they provide a more gentle light, and remember to change any dead light bulbs. Fresh flowers can also help the ambiance as they can brighten up any space. If you have time, freshly baked bread, cakes and freshly brewed coffee are appealing to purchasers, but candles, incense sticks and air fresheners can be equally effective as long as they are not overpowering. Try to avoid cooking strong smelling food before a viewer comes around. Kitchen bins should be thoroughly cleaned out or removed altogether. Air your house by opening all windows well in advance of a viewer coming round, particularly if you are a pet owner or smoker.
Pets should be passed to a neighbour if possible because allergies can be problematic for your viewers and smells can be off putting.
Take a Professional Attitude to the Viewing
We can take care of any viewings on your behalf, please just ask. If you prefer to do viewings yourself, the following tips may be helpful.
Show the potential viewer around every room in a pre-planned order, highlighting positive aspects as you go. It is advisable to take them to your most attractive room first, unless this doesn’t flow. Once you have shown them around, offer them time to look around themselves, but be nearby so that you can answer any questions. Show them the garden after they have finished looking around the interior. Always be friendly and answer questions honestly. Accentuate the positives and play down any negatives.
Some purchasers may want to negotiate a price there and then. While there is nothing stopping you from doing this, do not feel pressured into making a decision. It is often better to ask the purchaser to contact us with any offer. We will ask them all the right questions and help you decide how to proceed.