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Secrets Of Sellers

February 20, 2019

A property viewing is a make or break situation. While appearances may be deceiving, most buyers decide whether or not they would like to purchase a home within the first five minutes of the viewing. How can you make sure that potential buyers aren’t put off by your property? We’ve compiled our seller’s secrets below.


Excessive noise

No matter the source, excessive noise could be the reason your home isn’t selling. Many buyers find loud properties extremely off-putting. If noise from transport or neighbours is an issue in your home, consider double (or even triple) glazing your windows to make your property more appealing.


Lack of cleanliness in bathrooms and kitchens

Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most heavily-used areas in your home, and as such, are the areas that potential buyers will most picture themselves in during the viewing. No one wants to live in a place with a dirty bathroom or kitchen. Sellers struggling with a dirty bathroom or kitchen should have their home professionally cleaned before viewings begin and wipe down and tidy all kitchen and bathroom surfaces between visits.


Out of date interiors

Interior design plays a significant role in buyers picturing themselves living in a property. A home ready for sale should have minimal personal touches, and be decorated in clean, neutral tones. Struggling to see past your patterned wallpaper? Our team of experienced Portico interior designers can make the appropriate changes to ensure that your property appeals to all viewers. Our concierge package allows a team of interior stylists to come into your home and  add furnishings, furniture and decoration, in order to make your home truly sparkle in preparation for the professional photography – meaning you won’t need to lift a finger.


No parking

Lack of parking can be a serious stumbling block to selling your property. If possible, consider converting your front garden into a place to park. Research other parking options in your area. Be upfront with buyers about the lack of parking included with your property to prevent any miscommunications.


Having vendors at home

When viewers come to your home, they are engaging in a business transaction. If the vendor remains at the property during a viewing, they impede the buyer’s ability to make unbiased decisions and speak with an open mind. A potential buyer who feels that they cannot openly ask questions and receive unbiased answers is unlikely to purchase your home. An estate agent adds a professional and non-biased view to the interaction.


Damp patches and wall stains

If there are obvious signs of damp or wall stains in your property, be sure to handle these issues before putting your home on the market. If your home has a musty smell, signs of black mould, or obvious watermarks on the ceiling, call a professional to have a look. These problems may be expensive to fix, but less expensive than a considerable delay in selling your property or having to drop the asking price because of it.


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