First Impressions CountYou've made the BIG decision to sell your home. Where do you go from here? Don't rush to decorate throughout, otherwise people will wonder why you're selling. Do freshen the dull parts - a quick coat of emulsion or gloss can work wonders. Your house can be sold before you even see the buyer. Stand outside your front gate. This is where potential buyers begin.
Professional estate agents say that within 15 seconds a buyer has developed a definite opinion of your property. 15 seconds! Time to see a tidy garden, clean windows and uncluttered access to the front door. Time to see loose tiles, an uncut lawn, weeds everywhere and stains from leaking gutters.
Before Viewing Starts
- Keep your home well aired
- Tidy the garden, clean the windows, replace broken tiles
- Fill plaster cracks, oil any creaking doors or gates
- Replace broken light bulbs and cover bare ones with lamp shades
- Fix dripping taps
- Bin the clutter
- Tidy up
- Remove pets to friends or neighbours
- Clean up animal/human hair
- Polish furniture
- Fill a vase with fragrant flowers
The ViewingMake the potential buyers feel at home. Make them feel it could be their home. Open your curtains and, if viewing in winter, turn all your lights on. If it's a chilly evening, make sure the heating is on. Switch off background noise, television etc. Buyers like a relaxing atmosphere to make up their minds. Let them look around at their leisure - they're spending a lot of money - you hope.
- Hall: Should be well lit and inviting. Remove bicycles, etc. which normally show your house is a home. A small vase of flowers on the hall table looks welcoming.
- Lounge: Should be clean and tidy. Remove any washing, which is drying over radiators and keep floor free from any wires or animal and children's toys.
- Kitchen: The cleanest room in the house. It should have tidy worktops and sparkling cooking facilities. It needs to smell fresh.
- Bathroom: Bright, clean and tidy. No dripping taps or torn shower curtain. Fresh soap in the basin and fresh towels on the rail. A background perfume will also help.
- Bedrooms: Clean and tidy with fresh bed linen.
- Garage: Show the buyers this is the space for their car - not a junk store. Get rid of your accumulated junk. You'll need to clear it anyway when you move home.