Remember – people will often make up their minds about a property within seconds of going in and sometimes even before, so the presentation of your property internally and externally is vital at the point of viewing. Here are some general guidance notes.
The hallway may well be the first room the buyer will see….Clear away coats, shoes and anything else which might be in the way.
When viewing, buyers will imagine themselves living in your home, so try to depersonalise the property. Remove ornaments, photos and posters etc. Put things away if you don’t use them and if possible remove large pieces of furniture as doing so will create an impression of more space. In the bathroom – hide all your products; and the kitchen – clear the surfaces, clean the appliances and remove or replace such things as smelly bins and pets food bowls.
A fresh coat of paint (preferably neutral), new tiling or flooring and perhaps some new kitchen doors can do wonders to smarten up a property. If you can’t stretch to re-tiling the bathroom, re-grouting can do the trick. The same effect can be achieved by installing matching chrome fittings; replacing broken light bulbs; re-painting the front door and if applicable the garage door. A few strategically placed flowers throughout will help immensely.
It is essential that the house is spotless when showing someone round. If necessary, get a professional cleaner in – it could be money well spent. Clean carpets, sofas/furniture and windows are vital – industrial cleaners make a huge difference and can be hired easily and are not too expensive. Concentrate also on hygienically presenting the kitchen and bathroom as these sorts of areas can be a turn off for the potential buyer.