It’s been said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression and this is critical when it comes to selling your property. Think back to house viewings you’ve made and the things that put you off deciding it was the house for you. Aside from major issues, small concerns can make the difference between liking or loathing a property. If the first impression isn’t a good one, it can be almost impossible for buyers to overcome, regardless if the property ticks a lot of boxes.
At a first viewing, a potential buyer is not looking in detail at your home but more, trying to get a feel of the property. They’ve seen photos, watched a video tour and know the layout of the property from the floorplan. So once they visit the property for the first time, visual impressions are key and the good news is, this is something you can control and manage.
Spruce up flowerbeds using shredded tree bark to create a pleasant feel to your garden, and ensure your lawns are mowed regularly, making sure to trim the edges! De-weed paths and patio areas to ensure they look their best. It’s also a good idea to bring out your patio furniture to give them the impression that the area is used regularly. Gardens are an additional ‘room’ and should be prepared for sale in the same why as the rest of the house.
Small things such as whitening tired grouting in a bathroom or en-suite can have a huge impact on building a good first impression. Remove old grout and replace with new. It’s inexpensive, effective and can totally transform your bathroom.
Tidy away any clutter, particularly from entrance halls. Store shoes and coats out of site – an abundance of clutter in your hallway gives the impression that storage space is an issue.
Buyers want to imagine themselves living in the property they are viewing so help them! You want a clean, tidy, neat but lived-in look. Remember – first impressions count!