Remember – people will often make up their minds about a property within seconds of going in and sometimes even before, so presenting your property internally and externally is vital at the point of viewing. Below are some guidance notes:
Generally tidy all garden areas, weed borders and flower beds, add colour if possible with new plantings and mow lawns.
If necessary, re paint front door, window frames and garage door – it can make a huge difference!
Keep rubbish bins out of sight.
Make sure the house number is clearly visible.
Create space (de-clutter) by removing unnecessary furniture and objects like books, magazines, general bits and pieces.
Tidy surfaces (particularly in the kitchen), shelves and tables.
Decorate if necessary – a lick of paint will transform an area.
Clean throughout and remove any unpleasant smells such as tobacco or pet odours.
You Will Need To Consult or Inform Certain Parties Before You Let Your Property
Check with you mortgage lender that there are no clauses within their terms preventing you from letting.
Insurance – make sure you have appropriate insurance cover. If your current provider doesn’t offer such cover, there are plenty of specialist insurers who will.
If your property is subject to a leasehold, the freeholder may need to be informed.
Make sure any furniture left in the property is compliant with the latest fire regulations.
Ensure that all gas appliances are checked and serviced by a GAS SAFE registered engineer.
Ensure all electrical wiring and equipment has been checked and approved for safety by a qualified electrician.