Preparing for viewings is an essential part of the selling property process and its importance shouldn’t be underestimated. Obviously, the first thing you need to take care of is ensuring your home is in peak condition to be viewed. Staging or styling are the terms used for preparing a property to appeal to as wide a demographic as possible, thus increasing your chances of making a quick sale, so it’s a good idea to do a little research into how to stage and style your particular property.
There are plenty of tricks and tips to give your home as wide an appeal as possible, many of which you can read about on this very blog. The main areas to focus on are the kitchen and garden as these are the most likely to have been designed or cultivated to your specific tastes which can put off potential buyers if it’s not to their liking. It’s true with the whole property in general, but in particular you want the kitchen and garden or patio area to be modern looking and spacious, allowing the buyer to project their own ideas onto how they will look in the future. Clear away as much clutter as possible and even look into swapping out your older appliances for newer models which is one trick to enhance the modern appeal of your kitchen’s appearance.
Be Generous With Your Time
Preparing for viewings isn’t just about ensuring your property is clean, tidy and appealing; it’s also about availability. You need to make sure your estate agent can conduct viewings as often as possible to maximise your chances of a sale. It can be an inconvenience, of course, but that’s the nature of the game and something you should be prepared to put up with in order to sell your house as quickly as possible.
If you are working during the day then you will need to provide the estate agent with a set of keys so they can show potential buyers around your home while you’re not there. The agency should agree to contact you ahead of any viewing to let you know it is happening. A call an hour ahead of the viewing should suffice, and this will also allow you to keep track of how many viewings are taking place. Also ensure that your spare set of keys will be stored securely and that you know who will have access to them. This is pretty standard stuff for estate agents and they should have no qualms about providing reassurance.
Evening viewings will require notice as well, as you won’t want to be coming out of the shower or dancing around in your underwear when the agent decides to bring a potential buyer around. Obviously, evening viewings are the biggest inconvenience, especially if you had plans which you need to change, but the more available you allow your home to be for such viewings, the better chance the estate agent has of making the sale.
These all sound like simple steps to take, but you might be surprised at how many people neglect to properly present their property and then cause problems for the estate agents by not being available to let them and a potential buyer in for a viewing. So make sure your home is styled and staged to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, and then make sure that the estate agents can show as many of those buyers as possible around whenever they need to. This preparation will give you the best chance of making that lucrative quick sale.