It’s exciting when someone has booked through Deakin-White to view your property. They like what they’ve seen online – the pictures and the supporting floorplan have aroused this buyer’s curiosity to take a look in person.
Your work has just started because presentation really does matter. It will involve a little extra work, but if your property sells quickly, then the effort has been worth it. It’s time to impress.
Occasionally we have accompanied people on viewings and the presentation has let the property down, leaving a negative impression. It is true that some interested viewers can see past the clutter and dirty clothes, however, achieving the best presentation possible is preferable.
We can give you the best advice on presentation – why not utilise our experience to help you sell your property quickly and efficiently:
Prior to the appointment being booked, potential buyers will look at your property before confirming their appointment. Do think of the external aspect of your home so if the garden could do with a tidy, windows need cleaning or small items of DIY (i.e. painting, repairing of wood) can be quickly implemented.
When someone walks in, we found the more light that is coming into the property the more enthusiastic people are. This will mean drawing the curtains and letting in the light and turning on all lights and lamps. If you can open the windows for a period, this will add the fresh feel to your property. Make sure coats and shoes are tidied away and are out of site, and magazines, post and newspapers are similarly out of view. Make sure children’s toys are packed away tidily and that the TV and radio are not on. A few flowers, in vases, can add to the experience. Finally, if you have pets, do you have a friendly/family member neighbour who could look after your dog or cat? Your tastes in domestic pet might not be the choice of the visitors, especially if they’re allergic to pet hair.
Viewers are going to appreciate you live in your property, but please do put all dirty laundry in the washing basket and make the beds. Don’t forget to open the curtains. Remember you are trying to sell the property. Put books and reading matter away tidily; just think what you’d like to see as you walk around a property. A dust and a vacuum before you go to work is good practice, in case you get a last-minute viewing when you’re unavailable.
Bathrooms and toilets
We love toiletries, sponges, toothbrushes and make up – they help us look beautiful. However, this accumulated array can add clutter. Tidy it away – it will only be temporary. Tidy the towels, clear around bath/shower and toilet and make sure the bathroom and toilet(s) are clean. If you can, open the window to remove any stale odours.
Clean the surfaces, cupboard fronts and appliances. Ensure all foods had for breakfast/lunch/dinner are tidied away, and the crockery that you’ve used is washed up and placed back in the cupboard it came from. Give the floor a clean and ensure all doors are closed. Clear any family mementoes or clutter into a safe place until you’ve sold. Don’t forget, this is for a brief period whilst the process of viewing and selling your property is in full swing.
A green/outdoor space is a plus for many buyers, so make best use of your space, if you have one. Make sure the garden areas are tidy, rubbish is collected and ready for collection. Do cut the grass at least once a week and give a trim to any out-of-control bushes and trees. If you can, put some pots with seasonal colour out. It does inspire visitors. Don’t forget to clear away any pet mess. Finally, if you have children, make sure their toys and bikes are packed safely away out of sight, if possible.