Getting your home ready for a viewing can seem daunting, but if you follow our list of tips on how to prepare your home for a viewing, you’ll feel a lot better prepared.

Fresh paint

A fresh coat of paint will work wonders, and regardless of budget, it’s an excellent way to prepare a home for the market.

When deciding on colours, keeping things neutral is key because it can help to make a room appear larger and cleaner. It can also help the viewers visualise the room with their own furniture and decoration style.  

Make repairs

If it’s broken, fix it! Viewers are less likely to pay more for a home where things are broken. Taking a bit extra time to make repairs at a minimal cost can make a big difference to a buyers first impressions. In some cases, it can even pay to have an electrician, gas engineer and a plumber in to ensure that things are running correctly if it’s been some time since your home was last serviced.

Declutter and deep-clean

This may seem like a no-brainer but it can often go forgotten. Before listing your home, go through each room and pack things up that can be donated or disposed of – those dated lamps, the worn out jeans, the ripped sofa, the broken television – you get the point.

When purging, it’s time to think like a minimalist because whether you’re upsizing, downsizing or just looking for something different, you might want to update some stuff in the new place anyway.

Investing in storage to keep yourself organised will work wonders and help to keep things out of the way. There are several options for storage that’s visible, but you can also have storage to keep under beds and in closets.

A hearty cleaning job is also important before taking the photos for your listing and opening your doors to viewers online. The likes of Rightmove, Zoopla and your agent’s website are the first stop for all potential viewers and good photos are essential for you to stand out of the crowd and get those viewers through the actual door. The more interest you get, the more likely you are to achieve a higher sold price.  

Once they convert from online to real life interest, the cleanliness in a home is something that won’t go unnoticed and it’s a small price to pay in order to impress.

Kitchen refresher

So much time is spent in a kitchen and if often something that people remember from a viewing for better or for worse!

Alongside a paint job, the space needs to be rid of clutter and of appliances on the counters – keep it as simple as possible. A surprisingly inexpensive improvement is to reface the cupboards, ensuring colour neutrality as always!

With a bit of a larger budget, redoing the counters will make a big difference but don’t splurge on the big jobs as it’s unlikely you will recoup this money back during the sale

Bathroom update

This is a low-cost and easy way to make your home shine for viewers. Whenever there is natural light, keep those blinds open, but also ensure that your light bulbs are working and maybe add some extra lighting fixtures to the darker rooms for effect.  

Turn on those lights

This is a low-cost and easy way to make your home shine for viewers. Whenever there is natural light, keep those blinds open, but also ensure that your light bulbs are working and maybe add some extra lighting fixtures to the darker rooms for effect.  

Kerb appeal

First impressions are very important.

Clearing up any garbage or bins at the front of the property, manicuring any shrubs, mowing the lawn and painting the front door will help to make anyone viewing the property have a positive first impression. These are simple touches that are both time and cost effective and could make a big difference.

If you have a back garden or roof-top terrace, the same applies as both are additional features that could increase the value of a home.

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