With the market picking up as we head into summer, sellers should be prepared for an increase in interest and viewings.
It can be common for potential buyers to call your estate agent and request a viewing at short notice, therefore you should always try to have your home a quick tidy away from being viewer ready.
Below are our top tips for maximising your home’s potential and making viewers fall in love with your property:
1. First thing’s first – get cleaning. This is the biggest difference you can make to your home, and will show any potential buyers that the property is well maintained and cared for.
2. It’s also a good idea to declutter as much as possible – tidy any kids’ toys away, and if you have a lot of ornaments and trinkets, consider packing some away in boxes, and store toiletries out of sight in the bathroom. As well as making rooms feel smaller, clutter can make it harder for viewers to imagine living in your home.
3. Make sure the front exterior of your home is making a good first impression – if you have a front garden, neaten it up, and clear the path or entryway of any leaves, dirt and other debris. You can read more tips for fixing up your home’s exterior here.
4. Enhance your home’s interior: set the dining table with nice place mats and crockery, get your best bedding on all the beds, buy some nice fresh flowers, and consider investing in some nice throws and cushions that you can also use in your new home to brighten up older furniture.
5. Make the most of the long days and bright weather by opening curtains and blinds as much as possible to let the natural light in, and remove any items on window sills and in front of windows that might block the light.
6. Give appliances that will be included in the sale such as ovens, fridges and dishwashers a deep clean, as potential buyers may inspect these.
7. Demonstrate the potential of your home to viewers by making the most of outdoor spaces – get any outdoor furniture and your barbeque set up on the patio, and invest in some potted plants and hanging baskets to add some colour.
8. Don’t try to conceal any issues with your home – the viewer will most likely have read about anything in the home report, and will be prepared to ask you about anything that concerns them.
9. If it’s a nice day, open the windows up to let in fresh air, or burn some lightly scented candles to make sure your home is smelling fresh for your prospective buyers.
10. If you have pets, you should hide away any traces of these such as litter trays and food bowls, and whenever possible, ask family or friends to take care of your pets for the duration of the viewings. Animals can become scared or agitated by a lot of strangers, so this is for the benefit of your pet as well.