Also known as “staging”, it is important to prepare your property for sale. This will ensure that your property is Let more quickly and potentially for a higher price.
Most prospective tenants form an opinion of your property within the first 15 seconds of the viewing. Please see below a recommended “to do” list before viewings take place.
Remove excess items and store out of sight or give to a friend or relative. People want to envisage themselves living in your property therefore it’s crucial to maximise perceived living space. Also consider removing any large items of furniture that makes a room feel small by replacing with smaller furniture if you are including that in your tenancy. Be sure to only provide furniture with the correct fire safety labels.
Giving your walls a fresh lick of paint with neutral colours will make your property seem lighter and bigger. It will allow prospective tenants to easily imagine how a room can be adapted to their own tastes and create a very good first impression. They can personalise the space with accessories and furniture.
Make any minor repairs such as holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Deep clean your property and get rid of lime scale and tile grout. Hang up fresh towels. Tidy up the garden, cut bushes back, clean the patio, outside furniture and ensure you cut your lawn.
Wall mirrors make a room look larger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways. Clean the windows inside and out and replace any broken light bulbs. Making your home feel light and airy will make rooms feel bigger.
Ensure that the temperature within your property is comfortable for prospective tenants when they view. If the property is empty, set your heating/cooling system accordingly.
Avoid there being strong smells of cooking, cigarette smoke or pet related odours during viewings. If a previous tenat had a pet that malts, give your property a quick vac to pick up any loose hairs.