Years ago I read about the importance of creating a good impression of your property to potential buyers during the viewing process. You need to stage your home in order to showcase its full potential. You need to create that all important first impression as most buyers do not have the vision to see beyond the clutter and sometimes garish colour schemes. Failure to do so could compel buyers to reduce their offers or to simply walk away. Here are my tips on how you can showcase your property and sell it successfully.
First Impressions Count
You have one chance to make a good first impression. Potential buyers form an opinion of your property within the first fifteen seconds. It is therefore important to create the right look for your home if you plan to sell it successfully.
The general appearance of your property includes everything from the street to your front door. Take care to ensure that every part of this visual picture looks at its best.
Ensure that the street in front of your home is clean, remove any weeds growing in the pavement cracks, hide unsightly bins and pick up any litter. Trim your hedges so that they look their best.
Your fences and front gate:
A newly painted fence makes your home look inviting. Do not let a peeling, shabby fence or a rusty front gate hinder a potential buyer’s first good impressions.
Garden and front path:
A well-tended garden and a recently mown lawn can give the impression of a low maintenance garden which is an encouraging factor to most prospective buyers. Likewise, make sure that the path leading to your front door is tidy.
Ensure that your driveway is neat and free from weeds. Consider parking your car elsewhere if it blocks the view of your house. Make sure that there is ample parking space for your visitors.
A recent coat of paint is a wise investment as it could increase the value and saleability of your home.
Replace any cracked or broken window panes and ensure that they are clean.
Window boxes are eye catching and appeal to the senses. Add them if possible.
A well-maintained moss free roof is an important detail to check. Make sure that there are no missing or displaced tiles/ slates and that the guttering and downspouts are clean.
The front door is also an important element to take into account. It is the initial point of focus when approaching the house. Clean and repaint the front door if required. Make sure that the house number is visible.