Selling or renting your property is as exhausting and stressful an experience as is house hunting. You remember that time when someone saw your property listing, loved the images, the location, the pricing and was jumping with excitement to come and see the place, then as soon as they came, you could read the expression on their face which had ‘thanks, but no thanks!’ written all over it? 😕 Lo and behold, you’re not alone! A lot of viewings and open house events with prospective buyers and tenants end up in exasperation and leave you, the seller/ landlord, wondering what went wrong.
Well, let us tell you what went wrong in one word: the FEEL! We’re talking about the fact that your property wasn’t easy on the eyes or didn’t smell good. And that’s why we have come up with some quick tips to help you prepare your property and seal the deal:
- Clean EVERYTHING. Arm yourself with vacuum cleaners, mops, brooms, scrubbers, dusters, anti-bacterial wipes, sprays and all other cleaning tools. Now is the time to look like you’re all too prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse (only if the Zombies were made of dust and germs!) Remember to keep your property spotless of dust bunnies, grime and bugs from the exterior to the interior as a dirty place appeals to no one.
- De-personalize. Time to stack away all the photographs and posters plastered on the walls! You might want to remove all your items which add a homely feel to the property. Remember it is not your home but a product that you are trying to sell. It should be devoid of your personal touch so that the prospective occupant can see themselves settled there.
- Do the repairs. If there are broken doors, cabinets, tiles in the kitchen and the bathroom, fix them before the viewing. If possible, you must upgrade the hardware so that it adds to the freshness in the ambiance.
- Open the doors and windows. Allow for cross ventilation and let the windows open for the light to come in. A bright, cool place is likely to leave a better impression on the visitor than a dark, stuffy dwelling. Use ground coffee or other aromatic air fresheners to add a homey feel to the place.
- Landscaping. Remember that the first impression is the last impression. Now would be a good time to mow the lawn, clean the garden, plant shrubs and beautify the porch with flowers. A nice, beautiful exterior is bound to appeal to buyers and tenants as it gives a positive insight into what they can expect in the interior.
We hope these tips will help you prepare your property for viewings and appeal to the prospective buyers/tenants. 🙂
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