Fri 13 Jan 2017
Boost your chances of achieving a quick sale or let by following some simple (maybe obvious) steps; firstly, to get people through the door and secondly to make them want your house!
1. First impressions really do count!
The first contact someone is likely to have with your property is either seeing the photos on a property portal or by driving by and spotting a board. Try to take a step back and look at your property through a potential buyers/tenants eyes and prepare your property accordingly. Why not check out our ‘7 ways to make sure your property photographs are amazing’ blog.
Don’t forget to ensure the exterior of your house is just as appealing for those people that may be doing a drive-by.
2. Always try to accommodate viewers
Your property can’t be sold or let before someone has stepped through the door so although it may not be convenient, always try to accommodate a wanting viewer…you never know, they might be ‘the one’!
If you’re busy, ask your Estate Agent to hold a key and where necessary, they can carry out viewings for you. This is a huge plus side to using a High Street agent as opposed to an online agent. Here at John German we have accompanied viewers available in all offices 7 days a week and we don’t charge extra for this service. Check out ‘Who should do the viewings on your home?’
3. Keep your house tidy at all times
No-one wants to view a house that looks like the cleaner has been on strike; if you can keep on top of it daily whilst viewings are happening then it won’t seem like a mammoth task should you get a last minute call for a viewing.
Neat and tidy rooms are much more appealing and also give a sense of more light and space.
If you are selling or letting a property with communal areas, don’t forget these count too. You probably haven’t got much control over communal gardens but certainly communal reception areas etc you can keep tidy to offer a good first impression.
4. It’s the little things that count
Try to make your property as homely as possible; in the winter ensure the heating is on for viewings and in the summer months make sure it’s well-ventilated and not stuffy.
Little touches such as fresh flowers and lit candles can really make a difference too and will get rid of any unwanted odours that you may not have noticed.
People like space to think and take note of their surroundings so try to make sure it’s as peaceful as possible; switch off the TV and radio in the background.
5. Point out the advantages of your property
Consider having a list of benefits of your property that you can offer to viewers. Are you close to excellent amenities? What are the schools like in your area? Is your property efficient to run?
These are all questions that sellers/tenants may ask you anyway so have the answers ready for them and look super-efficient!
Thinking of selling or letting?
Why not call John German a call for advice on your next move.
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