Keep it tidy
This seems like an obvious piece of advice, but a cluttered home really does attract the wrong type of attention. A study by Anglican Home Improvements used eye tracking technology to analyse the eye movements of house hunters as they walked around a property to see what grabbed their attention during the viewing. The results showed that almost a quarter of all eye movements (24%) lingered on clutter and mess, compared to just 4% on the layout and structure of the house. Clutter was particularly distracting for female house viewers, who spent 28% of their viewing time focused on mess within the house rather than potential selling points.
Create a blank canvas
When viewers look around a property, they are trying to envisage themselves living in it, which can prove difficult if you have eccentric personal tastes. The eye tracking study found that 27% of viewers’ time was spent looking at furnishings and décor – this may be beneficial if their tastes are similar to your own, however flourishes that are garish or wildly different can be off-putting. Most experts recommend removing any non-standard fixtures and fittings to create a blank canvas that potential buyers will be able to envisage with their own interior design preferences.
Check for unpleasant smells
When you live in a property, it’s easy to become immune to the way it smells, but this is one of the first things a prospective buyer will notice. Give your property a deep cleaning before letting in any viewers. If you smoke, make sure that all ashtrays are emptied, get as much fresh air into the house as possible (an air purifier will also help), and put a bowl of white vinegar in each room. If you own pets, vacuum up stray hairs and ensure that cages and cat litter trays are thoroughly cleaned. An unpleasant smelling home is the top turn-off for 61% of prospective buyers, so taking the time to ensure your house smells appealing is well worth the effort.
Promote your home’s potential
If you live in a property that could use some updating, make sure prospective buyers are aware of its potential. Did you get planning permission for an extension that you were unable to build? Make sure viewers can see the plans when they look around. If you have a similar property to a neighbour who has renovated their home, check that your estate agent knows to mention it during viewings.
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