When it comes to presenting a home, there are numerous variables to consider in terms of the house's appearance (both inside and out), not to mention the additional pressure of closing the deal with potential buyers or tenants. However, this should not be used as an excuse to take corners in order to rush these prospective purchasers or renters into signing on the dotted line.
Viewings are a meticulously planned event that necessitates time and work to perfect, especially given that the wrong look or ambiance on the day might mean the difference between gaining attention and going back to the drawing board.
Trendy Floors' interior design specialists lay down four cardinal errors committed during property viewings in this post so that you can learn from these mistakes and give each home the best possible opportunity of becoming appealing with each viewing.
#1: Overselling The Available Space
When it comes to promoting a property for sale, it should go without saying that stretching the truth, let alone dismissing it entirely, should be avoided at all costs. The plain truth is that any viewings of the property in broad daylight will reveal these deceptions—a discovery that is likely to turn off otherwise interested parties.
If pressed for details, be honest about the property's limitations, or emphasize on its actual selling aspects, such as plenty of room, a neutral design scheme, a well-kept garden, or a suite of smart home technology. The biggest error you can make is to lure a buyer or tenant in under false pretenses, as this hurts everyone involved and detracts from a home's true assets.
#2: Hasty Viewings
Property viewings take time to ensure that all parties are happy. This viewing may result in a life-changing decision for buyers or renters looking for their perfect foundation for the next chapter of their lives—and decisions like these should not be made on a whim. Don't make the mistake of cramming a viewing in between other commitments, since this will be obvious (and alienating) to individuals visiting the property.
Prospective buyers or tenants must have enough time to envision themselves living in the space and to scrutinize the finer aspects so that they can be cross-referenced with their mental checklist of dream house deal-breakers. A rushed viewing that does not allow for this necessary absorption will leave individuals seeing the property with little incentive to take the plunge.
#3: Failure To Maintain Property
It is critical to ensure that the area can be seen at its finest from within. That involves working on the property in plenty of time before buyers come knocking. Priorities include deep-cleaning surfaces (from walls to floors), removing all traces of clutter as far as the eye can see, and painstakingly arranging furniture, appliances, accessories, and other items to achieve the desired show house look.
Don't forget about curb appeal. First impressions matter, and the value of property maintenance extends beyond the front and rear doors of a home. The front yard or driveway is the first thing potential buyers notice when approaching a property, and no matter how lovely the contents are, an unappealing first impression will spoil the rest of the showing. Similarly, backyards and gardens require all of the necessary TLC ahead to viewings to ensure that this final glimpse at the home does not destroy the fine work done on the inside.
#4: Creating The Incorrect Atmosphere
Last but not least, the all-important, intangible part of every house viewing that may make or break the conclusion is the atmosphere. A lived-in property with personal items and vestiges of daily routines on display may provide an accurate portrayal of the owner's home, but presenting a property involves creating a blank canvas for spectators to project their own lifestyles, patterns, and things onto.
Finally, if the property is still occupied by its previous renters, make sure the area is empty throughout all viewings, as the shared pain caused by viewings in the presence of the present occupants is best avoided under any circumstances.
By avoiding these beginner mistakes, you can ensure that every property viewing is a positive experience for everyone involved, increasing your chances of finding a happy new owner or tenant for the properties you display in the future.