Sellers and landlords have a small window of opportunity to impress prospective buyers and tenants, so it’s important to commit time and money into the property before it’s launched. This should be viewed as an investment in order to achieve the best price.
First impressions matter
- Any exterior work needing attention should be taken care of before the house goes on the market. This could include repainting exterior joinery, fences, repairing broken rainwater goods, keeping the drive weed-free, power-washing the patio, making sure the front door is clean and that all windows are cleaned regularly inside and out.
- A tidy, well-kept garden is also important and you should consider planting some new ﬂowers to provide colour and cutting the lawn to put the viewers in the right frame of mind.
- Treat the viewing like your house is having a job interview with the prospective buyer.
- It’s a balancing act to have your home presented in a way that is de-cluttered but not clinical.
- Those looking to buy and let can sometimes ﬁnd it diﬃcult to visualise how they would use a room when it is empty but equally can’t visualise it as their own when it’s cluttered.
- Create as much ﬂoor space as possible but ensure each room has a purpose.
- It is still your home to enjoy so there is no need to remove too many personal items. Buyers like to see it has been a loving and enjoyable home for the current owners.
- Particularly from a tenant’s perspective, new or professionally cleaned carpets, unmarked and newly painted walls together with modern and clean kitchen and bathroom ﬁttings are all very most important elements.
- Colours and ﬁxtures should be neutral, including clean and unmarked window dressings and light ﬁttings.
- Newly painted walls will make the room feel bigger and brighter.
Keep it clean
- Get rid of all dirt. There is nothing worse than seeing someone else’s grime.
- Clean all lime scale from taps, make sure all grouting is clean and mould-free and keep everywhere clean, tidy and smell-free.
- Not everyone likes pets, so they should be kept away during viewings and any smells should be de-odorised.
- Please don’t use plug-in fresheners, they can be a sign you are trying to mask a damp smell.
- If there is a problem with mould or damp, tackle the cause of it rather than hiding it.
- Strong cooking, smoking, bins and pet smells are a big no.
Create more space
- Any small rooms can be made to feel bigger by using mirrors.
- Making sure the window dressings don’t cover the pane of glass and by not having furniture that is too big for the room you can give the illusion of more space.
Clear garden boundaries
Make sure you have clearly deﬁned garden boundaries and these are clear for prospective buyers to see; nothing worries buyers more than an unclear boundary.