1. Out of sight, out of Mind:
    • Time to Marie Kondo your junk. Buyers don't want to see all your back issues of OK! magazine or the laundry pile on your bedroom chair that you haven't gotten around to putting away yet. Purchasers don't want to be traversing an assault course of toys either. We're not saying remove all signs of life but do be selective about what is on display. Make sure your beds are made, the sheets match and are ironed with maybe a coordinating throw or pillow or two.
  2. Set the Scene:
    • Some buyers find it hard to imagine themselves in a space, and struggle to see past what is presented. If you have a junk room, you might want to consider tidying it up and staging a home office or guest room to help the purchaser see the possibilities. Equally if you are a colourful individual and your walls tell that story, you may want to consider repainting with a very neutral off-white. This helps buyers see a blank canvas that they can make their own.
  3. First Impressions Matter:
    • It has been said that buyers make up their minds about a property within the first 30 seconds of their viewing. With this in mind, you may want to keep entryways clear of leaves, weeds and overhanging branches. Bins neatly tidied away, invest in a Bin Store. If you have a porch you want it to be well lit and consider a few pot plants to make a welcoming entrance. Giving your front door a fresh lick of paint never goes amiss. If you have a four legged friend or are a smoker, it would be worth freshening up your carpets with a clean and fully air your property prior to a viewing and perhaps not smoke indoors while you are in sale mode. Keep hallways clear of clutter, one or two coats is ok but an overburdened coat rack is too much. If your hallway is a tight space - hanging a mirror could help with bringing more light into the area and use high wattage light bulbs, especially for those dreary days.
  4. It's all in the Detail:
    • Clean the windows, line up the bins, polish the furniture, lay the table, and yes vacuum again. Lighting a scented candle, baking a cake or brewing coffee are nice touches prior to a viewing. Buyers want a clean, fresh and welcoming feel. These small details may seem insignificant but really do make all the difference.
  5. Photo Ready:
    • We cannot emphasise enough how important your property images are to a sale! Prospective buyers will scan a multitude of properties online via websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla or On The Market and will compare before considering where to view. Simply put, images of your home should highlight the space at its best, achieved by well-lit rooms and minimal clutter.

If you have any questions about preparing your property for a sale, please do not hesitate to call our Sales team on 0117 329 4800