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Property Viewing Turn-Offs

October 5th 2019
By: Thomas Morris
Property Viewing Turn-Offs

The viewing stage is a critical component of the sales process, and it is easy to see why many vendors are nervous or apprehensive about this phase. You are welcoming someone to your home, which can be a daunting feeling, but it is crucial that this person likes what they see. The pressure and strain involved with selling your home is enormous, so vendors are keen to make the best possible impression.

If your home has key features or strong points which buyers love, focus on these points. It is sensible to accentuate your best features, and these are the areas of your home that help viewers fall in love with the property. Of course, you should also be mindful of any harmful elements of your home. If something in your home disappoints viewers and turns them off to the idea of buying your home, you won’t receive offers.

Remove the negative aspects viewers see in your home

Therefore, you need to remove these negative elements. Thankfully, a recent survey of home buyers has created a list of property viewing turn-offs. If you plan on selling your home soon, review the property to make sure you don’t have any of these issues on show at your property.

  • Extensive stains, marks or cracks in floors, ceilings and walls
  • Bathroom fixtures not working properly
  • Exposed wires
  • Uneven, broken or damaged floors
  • Worn-out, faulty or damaged cupboards or kitchen units
  • Mould in the bathroom
  • Worn-out, defective or damaged windows and frames
  • Rusting pipes
  • Exposed or aged brickwork
  • Light switches not working
  • Worn-out or damaged carpets
  • Missing or broken handles on cabinets, cupboards and doors

You can resolve many of these problems quickly. If you have DIY skills, you’ll find replacing door handles and kitchen units a simple process. With some issues, you may need to clean your home thoroughly. There are also jobs where you should call on an expert, especially if you are dealing with electrical components.

Make your home stand out for the right reasons

Given the level of competition in the property market, you must make the best impression. When you know what buyers don’t want to see, you can set the scene to best suit their needs, and hopefully enhance the chances of them loving your house.

At Thomas Morris, we think every part of the sales process is important, but the viewing process is critical”, said Thomas Morris Biggleswade Branch Manager Ryan Coyne. “If viewers feel disappointed when in your home, it is unlikely they will make an offer. Recognising the leading turn-offs, and knowing how to avoid them, will significantly enhance your chances of selling your home.”

You don’t have a lot of time to impact buyers positively, and first impressions count for a lot when selling your home. While preparing for a move is time-consuming, if you remove these problems from your home, you will be better equipped to connect with willing buyers.

Selling your home is stressful, but with the right support, you can make the process easier. Book a valuation at a time that is of suitable to you or alternatively, you can phone our Biggleswade branch, managed by Ryan Coyne by calling us on 01767 310111.