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5 April 2019

Property viewing checklist: don’t open your home to buyers unless you’ve done this

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The big day is finally here!
If it’s your first time selling a property, you might be feeling a little unprepared for what’s to come. But no worries – with this handy property viewing checklist, you’ll be ready to win over potential buyers. Make sure you check off these final touches before you open those doors!

Clean as a whistle
The last thing a potential buyer wants to see is a messy home. Even if you think it’s tidy enough, you can never be too clean! As well as obviously fixing any damp, rot or stains, go over every surface just before the big day (dust can hide in the most unexpected places).
If you have pets, it might be a good idea to find a sitter while you are doing viewings – especially as many people are allergic. To get out stubborn odours, try steam cleaning and shampooing any carpets, rugs or soft furnishings. Also, make sure you take your bins out!
In working order
If there’s something even slightly dodgy, we can bet your potential buyers will find it! Make sure you:

  • Check that doors and windows aren’t jammed or sticky (including cupboards!).
  • Test lightbulbs and replace any that aren’t working.
  • Try the faucets and toilet flush.
  • Check smoke alarms and home security systems.
  • Fix any cracks, chips or missing tiles.

Clear the decks
Coco Chanel once said you should take one thing off before leaving the house. We think that applies to home styling, too! Remove all clutter so that every item is perfectly placed and has a clear purpose. This is where a property stylist can really help you.

Let the sunshine in
Open up blinds, curtains, windows and doors to let in light and fresh air. Of course, if it’s blowing a gale outside this is the exception!
living room
Great outdoors
So much time and energy is spent focusing on the interior that the exterior is often neglected. But your front and back yard could be what pushes your property over the line. Make sure all plants are tended to (nothing looks sadder than dead flowers) and lawns are weeded and trimmed.

Information, please
Buyers will come with lists of questions that you need to be prepared to answer. Before opening your home, make a mental note of the following:

  • Size of the property in square feet and metres
  • Available parking (if you don’t have a driveway or garage)
  • Public transport links
  • Local facilities such as shopping centres, parks, schools and hospitals
  • Power/gas/water bills, insurance and council rates
  • Anything else that YOU would be interested in as a buyer!

Want to take the stress out of selling?
With property styling, you’re guaranteed to have a stunning home ready for the big day. And it takes a lot of the anxiety out of the equation – at BOWERBIRD, we have a 95% success rate of return on investment. We also offer a zero-risk BOWERBIRD BLACK guarantee, meaning you’ll only pay for styling when you sell your home. Interested? Drop us a line below to find out more.

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