You’ve decided to sell and now it’s time for the all-important inspections. This is your chance to set a good impression, earn buyers’ confidence and seal the deal!
Prospective buyers will usually only spend up to 30 minutes looking through your home, so it’s crucial that you get everything right and fill that time with memorable experiences, not questions and doubts.
Not sure how? Read on!
Check the essentials
If you’ve followed our top tips to get your home ready for sale, everything should be in working order, but it’s still a good idea to check the essentials.
As they make their way through your home, buyers will be opening windows and doors, turning on taps and flushing toilets. Any sign of leaks or creaks will create doubt in buyers’ minds, so make sure all the little things are in working order.
If you find something that needs a little bit of work, it’s always best to bite the bullet and fix it up, rather than leave it to the new owners. Any kind of damage or fault is likely to reduce your final sale price or turn people away altogether.
Let there be light
Check that all the lights inside and outside your home are working. There’s a good chance that the people viewing your property will flick these on and off, so make sure that they’re not left disappointed or wondering what else doesn’t work.
This is also your opportunity to shine a light (literally) on your home’s most appealing features.
A well-lit home appears brighter, cleaner and roomier – all attractive qualities for would-be buyers.
Buyers will want to inspect every nook and cranny of your home – and you should let them. Make sure that there is clear access to all rooms, storage areas and outdoor spaces so that buyers can make an informed decision.
This could be as simple as moving those bikes out of the walkway or clearing some of those old boxes out of your storage cupboard.
It’s also a good idea to check that you have keys for all locked areas, which you can leave with the agent looking after the inspection.
Add some finishing touches
A few, small finishing touches can be the difference between leaving a mediocre impression and creating a really memorable one.
Buyers aren’t just looking for a house – they want a cosy, comfortable, welcoming home.
You can achieve this with relative ease by putting some fresh flowers in a vase or popping some lemons in a fruit bowl.
Create a sense of style with a centrepiece on the dining table or some neatly arranged coffee table books.
Appeal to the senses with room fragrances or scented candles.
Keep it clean
Cleaning thoroughly is the first step in preparing your home for sale. When it comes to preparing for the all-important inspection, we’ve purposely left it towards the end.
We won’t state the obvious about how important it is to have a clean, tidy and uncluttered house ahead of your inspection. A handy tip, however, is to leave the final cleanup to last. Any of the little fixes suggested above could make a mess, so as a rule of thumb, fix first and clean after.
Notify the neighbours
Letting your neighbours know that an inspection is coming up is the neighbourly thing to do. It may also prove quite handy, as potential buyers might ask them about the street or the property and you don’t want them to be caught off guard.
Be prepared and prepare to leave
Lastly, when your home is all ready to attract bids and buyers, there’s only one thing left to remember – to leave! Let people take their time and thoroughly inspect your home without the pressure of having the owner looking over them. They’ll feel more at ease and are more likely to have a positive reaction towards the property.