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Preparing Your Home for Viewings in 4 Easy Steps

For most of us, the arrival of summer means it’s time to clean the house from top to bottom. It’s also one of the most successful seasons to put your home on the market. Research by the HomeOwners Alliance suggests that singles and young couples are most likely to buy a new home during spring, early summer, and even fall, so if you’ve been planning to sell your house now may be the time.

Viewings are an important part of selling your home. Buyers get the chance to experience your property and see if they can imagine themselves living in it. When it comes to property sales, first impressions really do count.

The selling experience can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before, but the easy tips and tricks below can help you prepare your home for successful viewings.

Declutter and Clean the Rooms

When your belongings clutter the rooms, your home will look and feel cramped, making it difficult for buyers to imagine themselves in it. Go through the house room by room and get rid of all unneeded items by throwing them away, donating them to charity, or putting them away in a cupboard or closet. Larger items such as furniture that you want to keep can be put into temporary storage with a professional storage company.

Let in Natural Light

One of simplest and most effective ways to make your home look spacious and inviting is to let in natural light. Draw back and secure all curtains, remove hanging plants, furniture, and window sill accessories (e.g., photos, vases, and ornaments) that could block the light, and schedule viewings during the times when natural light is at its most effective. These small changes can all give the impression of having bright and open space throughout the home.

Leave Closed Spaces Open to View

Most people have a special closet where they can casually store items that are older, require repair, or don’t blend with the current decor. Over the years, however, this secret storage space can become so full that closing the door becomes a challenge.

When buyers walk through a home, they want to look into closets and cupboards to get an idea of all available storage space, so it’s a good idea to get all these spaces ready for inspection. This doesn’t mean you have to discard everything: you can store larger items at a local storage company, which can also supply you with boxes to organise everything else. As an added bonus, these items are now packed away and ready for your move.

Pay Attention to the Outdoors

Your garden is one of your home’s biggest selling point. Cut the grass, clear away any rubbish, and put out some lush green potted plants. If you have an outdoor area with seasonal furniture, dress it up with some tastefully coloured cushions or throws.

Remember: to get the most out of a viewing, don’t let the buyers imagine how amazing your home can be. Show them instead.

About Henfield Self Storage

When decluttering your house to present a good first impression to buyers, you may find you need some extra storage space. Many sellers find it is a great idea to use self-storage to pack away items that you can live without until you secure a sale and move home. Henfield offer convenient locations with easy access self-storage and extremely competitive prices.

Peter Worrall

By Peter Worrall

Peter's experience of the storage industry is second to none. He is an experienced branch manager and runs his site brilliantly; if you’ve got a question, Peter is the man to ask! Away from the office he's a dedicated family man; his hands are always full raising his kids, but he still finds time to follow his favourite football team.

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