First impressions count when a prospective buyer views your property so follow our tips to avoid these 8 top turn-offs.
When preparing your home for property photography and viewings the intention is to show your property at its best and simplest so a prospective buyer can visualise themselves living in the space, so that individuals can picture themselves comfortable living in the property.
From the approach to the home, through every room and to the furthest corner of the back garden take a walk through your property as if for the first time and try to think objectively about things that could be improved, often surprisingly easily.
8 tips to avoid turning off buyers
- Clutter – The presence of clutter screams ‘there is not enough space in this house’. We all know we don’t live in spotless show homes and things get used and move around on a daily basis, but the clearer the space the bigger the room looks and the easier it is for the buyer to imagine themselves using the rooms. This is an ideal time to have a clear out, no need to take any unwanted stuff to your next home.
- Dirty Kitchen – Often cited as the heart of the home the kitchen must be clean and uncluttered. As the food preparation area people want to feel confident and comfortable they could step in and use the kitchen straight away.
- Dirty Bathroom – As one of the key deciding rooms in a property the bathroom should sparkle. Whatever condition it is in it should be clean, there are some excellent products available to deal with even the toughest marks.
- Coloured bathroom suites – These are like Marmite, some people love them, some people hate them but to appeal to the biggest audience a white suite can make a huge difference. Consider if the update is affordable, it could cost you in time finding the right buyer and affect the offer they are willing to put forward.
- Unfamiliar plants – An overgrown garden can raise alarm bells, ‘what could be under the undergrowth?’ and many buyers are now familiar to look out for the highly invasive Japanese Knotweed. Tame your garden and ideally present it ‘ready to use’ so a buyer can visualise themselves enjoying the space. If you do find Japanese Knotweed (oval/heart shaped leaves with reddish stem and tiny white flowers) consult guidance from DEFRA here.
- Transport noise – If you live near a busy road or rail link make sure windows and doors close properly to shut out the noise, small repairs can make a big difference here, a loose hinge or catch could cost just £30 to resolve.
- Multiple pets – although these well-loved members of your family make you feel at home, a potential purchaser will be considering the possible damage pets might have done to a property as well as issues this could cause for people moving who have allergies. Removing pets from a home for viewings if possible is advantageous, an Open House Event can provide a good solution for owners of multiple pets to get the menagerie out of the house for a short window of time when many property viewings can be carried out.
- Untidy communal areas – Communal areas inside and outside property, in housing developments or apartment buildings, give a general impression about the neighbouring occupants and the community the buyer will be moving in to. Pay attention to these areas as well as your own home when preparing for a viewing.
- Sellers conducting viewings – A seller conducting a viewing can be off putting for a buyer for several reasons, motivated vendors might be too pushy or enthusiastic, omit pertinent details or make a buyer feel uncomfortable particularly if they have questions to ask. Vendors conducting viewings is not always a disaster, it can allow for frank discussions, however professional estate agents are trained in how to effectively present property and adhere to codes of conduct which ensure accurate information is provided.
Following these tips to prepare your home for property photography, viewings or an Open House Event will help buyers view your property favourably when looking at the property details in print or on the internet, and then when visiting the property and deciding whether or not to make an offer on your home.