You can get the best price and selling time for your property just by changing a few things to make sure your home looks it's best and then staying on top of it during the process. Here's a few tips to consider to show your property at it's best, both for the marketing photos and during the selling process.
Clean your house fully
Clear away any clutter
Clear all paperwork - especially anything you wouldn't want others to see
Review the pictures on your walls - do they give a good impression?
Replace any blown lightbulbs and consider adding additional lighting for the photographs and during viewings
Clean the windows and window sills - viewers are likely to want to look out to see what the view from the property is
Hide all wires, chargers and unsightly plugs - especially for your photographs - it's amazing what gets missed in the background
Tidy away children's toys as best as possible - especially outside of their rooms
Get some plug in air fresheners or diffusers to create a pleasant smell in the property
Put away ANYTHING you wouldn’t want a ‘stranger’ to move
Clear fires/fireplaces or if relevant you could light them
Plump up all cushions and straighten curtains
Make sure you tidy up this room to give the best feeling of space
Consider getting some throws or cushions if you need to brighten up the room
Tidy up the work surfaces - put away all food or packets, dishes and other general worktop clutter
If you're short on space, then move things out for the photographs so you can give the appearance of an uncluttered work space
Make sure the room is clean and all dishes are put away
For viewings try to make the cupboards as tidy as possible - people will be interested in the storage space in the room and are likely to look in
Make sure beds are made and look attractive
Consider getting new bedlinen and curtains if you think it would make your room look brighter or bigger
Make sure all clothes are put away and tidy and all dirty washing is in a basket or hidden away
Clear tops of wardrobes and under beds
If you are short on space, and do have boxes under the beds or on wardrobes, then move or cover them for the photgraphs
Make sure your bathroom is clean and free from clutter
Make sure bath mats and towels are clean and tidy
Put all bottles, sponges and cloths away
Try to keep the bath and shower areas as free from clutter as possible
Make sure the garden or outdoor area is tidy
Quickly remove any obvious weeds that may be growing on the way to the house
If possible/necessary cut the grass and tidy the borders
Bring in any washing off the line and tidy up any toys or other garden clutter
Make sure your bins are tidied away
Be ready to move your car off the drive
Getting the photography right
It's amazing what you can spot once the photos are taken or how different your property looks through a lens. Take advice from your estate agent, the photographers and friends on what they see when they look at your property and what they think you could do to make it look better.
Also, if possible, review the photographs as they’re being taken and if necessary make changes to get better images. It's surprising how wires, wonky pictures and hidden clutter can make their way in!
Getting the viewings right
The tip to a good viewing is staying on top of all the good work you'll have done for the initial photographs. Try to keep on top of the clutter and the cleaning. If that's not possible given your busy life and a full house, then make an effort before the viewing to make your property look it's best again. Remember first impressions count and could make the difference on the price you’re offered. You also never know which viewing your buyer will come from.