Preparing Your Home for Viewings

Maximise Your Home's Appeal: The Ultimate Viewing Prep Guide

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Selling your home can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. One of the most crucial steps in this process is preparing your home for viewings. The goal is to make your property as appealing as possible to potential buyers, allowing them to envision themselves living there. Here’s how to do it:

1. Picture Perfect: Before a potential buyer sets foot in your home, they’ll likely have seen it online. High-quality, professional photos can significantly enhance your property’s online appeal. Ensure your estate agent captures every room in the best light, highlighting any unique features.

2. Comfort is Key: A house that’s too hot or too cold can be off-putting. Aim for a pleasantly warm temperature during viewings to create a welcoming atmosphere and reassure buyers about the property’s insulation and heating.

3. Neutral Appeal: While bold colours and patterns may reflect your personality, they might not appeal to everyone. Opt for neutral tones to showcase the property’s potential and allow buyers to imagine their own decor.

4. Declutter: A clutter-free home feels more spacious and inviting. Store away personal items and ensure all surfaces, especially in the kitchen, are clear.

5. First Impressions Matter: Spruce up your entrance to create a positive first impression. Keep it tidy and add attractive touches like a pot plant or a vase of flowers.

6. Show Potential: Help viewers see the versatility of each room. Return rooms to their original purpose and highlight how they can be adapted to suit different needs.

7. Don’t Neglect the Exterior: The property’s exterior is the first thing buyers will see. Keep it neat, add some greenery, and ensure bins and cars are tidy.

8. Mass Appeal: Make your home appealing to a wide audience by replacing bold decor with subtle, neutral tones.

9. Fix Minor Issues: Address any small maintenance issues to save potential buyers time and effort.

10. Deep Clean: A thorough clean can make your home more appealing. Don’t forget areas like the tops of cupboards, behind sofas, and inside wardrobes.

Remember, every little detail counts when preparing your home for viewings. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making a lasting impression and securing a sale.


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Finding a mortgage

Buying a house is a massive investment and getting it just slightly wrong can be costly. Unless you have big savings, chances are you’re going to have to get a mortgage. It’s a loan secured against the property which means if you can’t meet the repayments the lender may repossess your home and sell it to get their money back.

The better you understand mortgages and everything to do with them, the better armed you will be to get the very best deal. With MMR in place, you’ll need to review your finances themselves before approaching possible lenders to see whether you can afford the monthly payments now and if interest rates go up, which they will…

What is MMR?

When it comes to finding a mortgage you have several options: mortgage brokers, individual banks or searching online. Again, it’s important to do your research. Searching online first, gives you a good idea of what’s available, but an independent mortgage broker can provide a more in-depth search and help you through the process. Being independent holds great value as they are not bias to any particular lenders or deals, they will give you their honest opinion and take away the stress of working your way through the mortgage market, they work for you to find you the best package to suit your requirements.

For more information on the current mortgage rules and deals, contact your local branch today to arrange an appointment.

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