As one would give their appearance more attention than usual when going for an interview, one’s home deserves the same attention when preparing to show it to potential buyers. In effect, this viewing closely resembles an interview and therefore the property has only one opportunity to make a good first impression. With an estimated 50% of property sold before the potential buyer even enters the home, this first impression had better count.
As the exterior is the first contact that the potential buyer will have with the home, this area needs to be clean and orderly, with all clutter- such as bikes, tools and rubbish – removed. If the property has a garden, ensure that the lawns are freshly mowed, hedges trimmed, garden weeded, etc. Painting or washing the exterior walls, fences, gates and windows is an easy way to breathe new life into a home; with well-placed potted plants and flowers used to welcome these potential buyers into the space.
Fresh flowers, scented potpourri and ample lighting all aid in creating the positive impression that is desired. Displaying interesting objects, such as artwork or books, and establishing a temperature that is favourable within the home will encourage the visitors to remain at the property for longer.
Create a feeling of spaciousness by ensuring that all areas within the home are uncluttered and well organised, including cupboards and wardrobes. Excess furniture and other items that are crammed into rooms can be put into temporary storage during this time. This will make the space appear larger than it may in fact be. Well-placed mirrors in smaller rooms are a clever technique to use to create the impression of a larger room.
Although the above is valuable advice, the most important aspect of all is ensuring that all maintenance of the property is up-to-date; this includes the repairing of sticking windows or doors, dripping taps, loose door handles, blown light bulbs and faulty switches. These faults can often be overlooked by the home owners but they will not go unnoticed by potential buyers, and a buyer will be less inclined to purchase a home that is in need of basic repair.