Clutter is distracting! De-cluttering is a great way to increase your chances of completing a sale and creating a clutter-free, minimalistic environment will help buyers visualize themselves living in your home. Additionally, too much furniture can make a property seem a lot smaller than it is.
Our photographers will always be happy to arrange furniture and lighting to get the best from your property, but nothing beats a professional clean! If your property is rented out and you are looking to sell, consider offering an incentive to your tenants to present the property in its best light. A bunch of flowers and squeaky clean windows will always impress!
No matter how pleasant your home appears, persistent odours such as the smell of pets, cigarettes, or pungent food can be detrimental when it comes to selling your property. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so we suggest opening your windows to air out your property before a viewing and use air freshener or light a candle to ensure your home doesn’t smell unpleasant.
4. An untidy exterior
Overgrown, unkempt gardens are a big no-no. The first thing viewers see is the exterior. Ensure your bins are not overflowing and your pathway is weed free. Do whatever you can to make your home feel inviting from the outset. Don’t forget, our viewers have probably already done a drive-by before making an appointment.
5. No natural light
Light and warmth are two of the most important factors to attract a buyer for your home, especially in the colder months of the year. A cold or poorly lit home can be an instant turn-off to potential buyers by making the property appear dingy and dark in places. If this is the case, it gives the impression of a house that is unloved and uncared for.
Resolving this issue can be simple. Natural light is very important as dark rooms are always off-putting. Ensuring the room is well lit, whether that be naturally or with staged lighting is quite simple to do.
6. Poor presentation
Poor attention to detail such as: flaking paint on soffits, grubby kitchen units, tatty net curtains, unemptied ashtrays and nicotine stained walls are taken into consideration when viewing a property. Small and affordable fixes such as: freshening up the paint work, or having your home professionally cleaned will make a world of difference and worth it in the long run.
7. An unexpected problem
There is nothing worse for a viewer than turning up to find there is a significant issue with a property which they were not aware of such as a structural defect, a problem with something in the neighbourhood or compromised accommodation. It is a wise precaution to maintain compliance with Consumer Protection Regulations, but it also makes good business sense – the viewers are more trusting of us and willing to discuss the issues and the available solutions.