Who hasn’t heard the phrase “First impressions count”?
Never has this been more important than in today’s visual world.
Preparing Your Property for Sale
In the selling process the presentation of your home is hugely important and a vital part of making a quick and successful sale. Potential buyers only view your home for a brief period and are often swayed by first impressions, so making sure they take away a positive image of your home is key. A messy, untidy home is always off-putting and can suggest that extra investment will be required after the sale is made. So making sure gardens are tidy, fresh paint is applied to the exterior; half-decorated rooms are finished and rooms are light, airy and tidy is important. Taking a little time to improve the presentation of your home costs nothing but can make a big difference.
First impressions really do count when selling or letting your home. Developers go to great lengths to present their properties in the best way possible, this is key in attracting those all-important buyers, as often there isn’t a second chance. Right the first time, every time. Not everyone can achieve the same effect but there are ways you can improve the presentation of your home.
Remember, interested parties spend what is only a relatively short period viewing the property and in that time they do not take in an awful lot only the most obvious. They are trying to work out whether they would be happy living there. They only see what is obvious to them.
The drive and front garden are important and should be free of litter and well looked after.
The front elevation is hugely important as people often drive by first before deciding to view – first impressions matter. If it is necessary a coat of paint before marketing will help.
There is no doubt that an immaculately decorated and fitted property will sell or let better and for more money than one that isn’t. If you feel that some improvements are needed we are more than happy to give guidance. If there are obvious faults that can be readily put right it is worth doing that.
It is important to keep the property as clean and tidy as you can and you will create more space by putting unwanted items away. Some clients may bribe their children to keep their rooms tidy but many interested parties will have children themselves. Remember this is your house you are presenting to the general public and you need to be proud of it.
Take particular care to clean up the areas they inhabit and eliminate any strong smells. In the case of dogs, it is usually best to keep them out of sight as some viewers, especially children can be frightened by them.
People react more positively to properties they see that are bright and light so during the day keep curtains wide open and windows clean. Make sure items such as net curtains are clean and white. At night switch all the lights on, and replace any blown bulbs or tubes.
The best sounds to have when showing people around your home are the sounds of peace and quiet. Avoid loud noises, barking dogs, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines and make sure the TV and stereo are turned off.
Smell has more impact than you might think. Clean kitchens and bathrooms with for example lemon bleach and use polish on your furniture. Also, place flowers and potpourri strategically throughout your home, all these things will add to the prospective buyers’ viewing experience.