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Showing your home

We can help you to prepare your home for viewings by offering guidance or give you access to approved maintenance contractors. Plus, we are very happy to accompany everyone who wants to view your home. Here are some of the tips to consider when getting your photography done as well as before any viewings.  These steps should be taken early before marketing photos are taken and maintained throughout the selling process.

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 photographer and friends on what they see when they look at your property and what they think you could do to make it look better.

If you think the place needs brightening up, then do some painting, get some new furnishings and bedding or 'props' for the kitchen to give the best impression of your property to prospective buyers. Think of it like 'staging' in a new home. The effort that you put in at the start should benefit you through an increased sale price and/or a quicker time to sell. 

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!

Camera

General

  • Review your house through a lens. You won't be able to get a full room in a photograph so think about what angles will best show off the rooms. What are the main things that you would want to show and do those areas look their best? Your photographer will be able to help you with this - but if you have thought about it before their visit you will be able to make better use of the time you have with them. 
  • If something will be in the photo that you don't want such as storage boxes or hoovers or even a bike in the hall - move it for the shots. 
  • Review the pictures on your walls and around your home - are these images that you would want online when your property is marketed? 
  • Review the lighting in your house and consider adding additional lighting/lamps for the photographs. You can always move these round with you to each room. 
  • Consider adding night shots if you have nice features such as lights in the garden or strip lighting in the bathroom or kitchen. 

Living room

  • If you have a fire and it's the right time of year, then definitely get pictures with the fire on. 
  • Straighten your curtains and plump up all cushions 
  • Think about the best angle to show this room off
  • Consider getting some throws or cushions if you need to brighten up the room. 

Kitchen/Dining room

  • Tidy up the work surfaces - put away all food or packets, dishes and other general worktop clutter
  • Move things out for the photographs so you can give the appearance of an uncluttered work space
  • Make sure the sink is clean and you've put the dishes away
  • You could 'stage' the dining room so it's set up for a party to give the impression of space and lifestyle. 

Bedrooms

  • 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
  • If you are short on space, and do have boxes under the beds or on wardrobes, then move or cover them for the photographs

Bathrooms 

  • Make this room as clean and uncluttered as possible. Straighten up towels and mats and keep product bottles to a minimum/remove. 
  • Make sure everything is clean and the toilet seat is down. 

Outside

  • Often one of the most important images for a potential buyer, make sure the outside images of the property show it to it's absolute best.
  • Have a spruce up in your garden before the pictures. It can be difficult at some times of the year - but you want this space to look it's best.
  • Remove weeds, mow the lawn and make sure the general area is tidy. Keep bins, compost piles and any other clutter out of the pictures.
  • Again you could 'stage' your shots with garden furniture, lighting, barbeque areas etc.
  • Make a conscious decision on your vehicles. If you think it will be advantageous to have them in the shot, then include them. Otherwise move them off the drive so the photographer can get a clear, unobstructed photograph of the property.
  • If there is clutter from your neighbour's property e.g. bins and it's appropriate - then consider moving them too. 

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 each 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. 

Vieiwngs

General

  • Make sure you fully clean your house. Look at it as if you were the buyer viewing the house. 
  • Clear away your clutter - get storage if you have to. You should be aiming to give the impression of a nice spacious house. 
  • Put away all your paperwork - especially anything you wouldn't want other people to see
  • Review the pictures on your walls - do they give a good impression?
  • Review the lighting in your house 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
  • Tidy away children's toys as best as possible - especially outside of their rooms. Most buyers can look past the toys, but you don’t want them stepping on them. 
  • Review what your property smells like. It's a good idea to add a freshener to curtains and furniture that may hold a scent. You could also 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

Living room

  • Clean and clear your fires/fireplaces. The buyer may want to see these working so make sure they're accessible. If you have a log or coal fire and it's relevant, then you could light them
  • Straighten your curtains and plump up all cushions 
  • If you have this room arranged to suit you, but there is a better layout to create more space - then you could consider moving your furniture during the sales period
  • Consider getting some throws or cushions if you need to brighten up the room

Kitchen

  • Try to make the kitchen as clean and uncluttered as possible to give the feeling of space. 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 sink is clean and you've put the dishes away
  • Viewers will usually want to look at anything that comes with the house, this will include in cupboards and integrated appliances such as fridge/freezers and dishwashers so may sure they're clean. 

Bedrooms

  • 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
  • If possible, clear tops of wardrobes and under beds. If not, then try to make this look tidy. 
  • If you are short on space, and do have boxes under the beds or on wardrobes, then move or cover them for the photographs

Bathrooms 

  • 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

Outside

  • 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