You’ve picked your estate agent, you’re chuffed with your photos and description, and your home is priced to precision. Now all that’s left is your viewings - what can go wrong?
Well, quite a lot! There are plenty of pitfalls to avoid when your viewers arrive, and some of the most common include
As your estate agent, it’s our job to strip away the potential for negative comments about your home, leaving only positive vibes that buyers can’t resist. So this week’s blog has all you need to avoid the biggest viewing mistakes before anyone comes to visit.
Although you know your home better than anyone else, you’re probably not the best person to sell it. But it’s got nothing to do with you personally.
Buyers are too polite to tell you what they truly think about your home, but they will tell us. And their honest reactions are priceless in giving you constructive feedback and tweaking your selling strategy.
Launch days and evenings can be a really convenient way to get out of the house for multiple viewings, so talk to your agent about whether they’re right for your home.
Spare rooms can so easily end up as glorified cupboards and dumping grounds, piled high with suitcases, unused furniture and picnic stuff. That’s fine if you’re staying put, but not if you’re selling.
Still trying to figure out what to do with an underused space? There are some great ideas online around purposeful styling, including 29 spare room ideas from House & Garden and small spare room ideas from IKEA, which are both full of valuable tips.
Of all the questions you want viewers to ask, “What’s that stain?” isn’t one of them. Yellow watermarks and black spots cast doubt and suggest nasty surprises, which can delay sales and give buyers second thoughts.
In short, they’re bad news, so take a good look around your home to see if anything needs attention.
To make doubly sure you’ve caught everything, ask a beady-eyed friend over to tell you what they notice - by getting everything straight before calling estate agents, you’ll set the stage for a higher valuation and selling price.
A major block to a home being sold is expecting buyers to see past any chaos that greets them on their viewing. While some have vision, many don’t, and you could lose time and money over things that can be sorted quickly and cheaply.
If you’re still feeling stuck around clearing your clutter, check out programs like Tidying Up by Mari Kondo and Get Organised with The Home Edit, both on Netflix, for lots of ideas and inspiration.
Every home has an aroma, which often adds an extra cosy touch. But some smells can send buyers running, so let’s look at those nasty niffs and how to send them packing.
Got a lingering whiff? Try white vinegar. It cuts through odours naturally, from wiping down furniture, washable walls and floors to waving around a drenched cloth for a few minutes. And don’t worry - the vinegar smell soon clears, along with the air.
Are you getting ready to sell?
Then let’s talk about setting your home up for successful viewings from the very start.
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