Congratulations, you’ve secured a viewing! Hosting a successful viewing is a crucial component of any house sale. Here we have complied our seven top tips for hosting the perfect viewing to help you achieve your goal of selling your home.
Once you’ve decided to put your house on the market, you should start to declutter and depersonalise to allow any potential buyers to visualise themselves living there. It’s important to strike a balance between making your home look neat and tidy whilst maintaining a homely, warm vibe. By clearing out all your clutter now, you will also save time when it comes to moving – a win, win situation!
Get the marigolds out; it’s time for a deep clean! Make sure windows sparkle, letting in as much light as possible. Spend some time dusting – everywhere! Get the kitchen and bathroom looking as good as new, show the would-be buyer how much pride you take in your home and it will rub off on them.
First impressions are important
Whether your home has a communal entrance, a porch or reception room, any potential buyer is already making decisions based on first impressions. Make the entrance to your home as welcoming as possible; warm, dry, light, bright, clean and well maintained.
Invest in a diffuser
We’ve all heard the cliché that the smell of freshly baked bread will sell your home, but let’s face it, who has time to bake a loaf of bread before every viewing? That said, the scent of your home is important, even more so if you have pets. Open the windows to let some fresh air in and invest in a diffuser suitable for the time of year. Warm spices and cinnamon are perfect for a winter viewing and fresh, fruity fragrances are great for summer.
Whether you’re selling your home in the light months of summer, or a dark winter, be sure to open all your curtains and let any natural light fill your home. Many viewings take place in the evening, so switch the lights on and turn on any lamps to create a cosy, warm atmosphere.
Draw attention to your outdoor space
Many buyers place outdoor space as one of their top priorities when looking for a new home, especially those with young children and pets. Be sure to draw attention to your outdoor space and ensure it’s well maintained. If you don’t have your own garden, you can talk about local parks and commons that are great for picnics and walks.
Be friendly, professional and accommodating
It can be beneficial to be present for viewings as it often helps to put a face to a name, and this can come in handy further down the line during the offer, negotiation and sales phases of selling your home.
Be warm and courteous and keep in mind that you are trying to sell your home! Try not to come across as desperate to sell or defensive over certain features of your home and try to remain professional, leaving the would-be buyer to really explore your home at ease.
We understand that there is a lot to think about when selling your home and hope these tips help make preparing for viewings that little bit easier. Wishing you the very best with all your viewings!