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Blog » What do people look at when viewing your home?

Property Consultant Samuel Brook shares his thoughts and views on how to conduct a viewing yourself and showcase your home to perfection. With his knowledge of the hospitality industry working for 5 star hotels, Sam is used to meeting clients face to face and knows why presentation of a property is so important.

If you’ve placed your home on the market, chances are you’ve already carried out some dusting and de-cluttering. But a last-minute spruce up could make all the difference on wowing potential buyers.

Ensuring that your home smells inviting by baking bread or brewing coffee can only do good. But quite often when I show buyers around they make a beeline for the windows to check out the view and surrounding neighbourhood to see if you are overlooked, so make sure your windows and ledges are sparkling clean.
This will have a bigger impact than cleaning the oven. I can’t remember the last time someone opened the oven door to check inside!

If your house has any special features, such as original fireplaces, make sure you show them to their best.

When we have arranged viewings in the past, vendors have said to me ‘ok let me pop back at lunch to clean the floor’. But unless it is really dirty not many buyers focus their attention on the floors. More buyers will look at the height of ceilings, so always ensure you pick up a broom and wipe away any lingering cobwebs.

Some basics to remember are to clean the kitchen, remove any unwashed items from the sink, vaccum and polish, invest in some fresh flowers and make sure all beds are made. I can make swans out of towels and if you would like to know how to do this, do send me an email.

Viewings - how to showcase your home

Once your potential buyer has arranged to view your home, I often get asked ‘what should I do?’ to show them around.
My personal advice is you cannot change the layout or size of your property, so buyers will decide for themselves if the property is suitable for what they are looking for.

If they have seen the property online, with the attractive photos, viewed the layout, floor plan, location and the price is right for them, then we are nearly there.

At Regal Park we like to conduct our viewings ourselves as we understand most vendors may be at work or do not feel comfortable showing buyers around their home. After all, we are the experts. I do, however, come across many sellers who are keen to show their property off themselves and get a buzz from it. But they often ask me ‘what more should I say?’

My advice is to think about your home’s best selling points. For instance, is there parking available? Is there potential to extend the house or add a conservatory? Does the property have any period features? Are you close to local amenities? What makes the garden special?

Of course we all have different tastes and buyers can change things. We will contact your potential buyers the next day after the viewing to follow up the feedback and give you the update.

If you would like to know more from Sam, please call him on 01733 560650.

Do you want to know what your property is worth? We offer a completely free valuation service with no obligation.
Simply register your interest and one of our friendly team will be in contact to discuss a convenient time for us to visit you.

sam_small.jpgSam originally started his career in hospitality after studying in Cambridge for 2 years. 

He has worked for large chains such as Marriott International then moving to a privately owned boutique hotel, providing 5 star customer service. 

Sam then moved into the property industry where he can carry on providing the same 5 star customer service.

Thinking of selling?

We are an independent local estate agent with a knowledgable friendly team ready to help.
We never use high pressure sales techniques and tailor our services to suit you.