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How to get your house ready for a viewing – guest post by Phil Spencer

Viewings are the blind dates of the property world – appearance is everything. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so it’s important to get it right. Buying a house is often the biggest purchases decision someone will ever make, you might therefore be surprised to hear that the average time taken to look around a house is under 10 minutes! However, if your house isn’t in good repair, encouraging people to walk through the front door can be a challenge in itself.


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When a house is for sale if there are no exterior, or for that matter no interior photos, it could be a sign that a seller is trying to cover up a flaw, such as the exterior of the house being in bad repair. Consequently by not including interior and exterior photos you could be putting buyers off and those who do come to view are likely to be after a ‘bargain’. Making sure your property is photo-ready is more important than you might think, the good news is that it shouldn’t cost a fortune.

kerb appeal house frontage

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As people make up their minds about a property in a matter of seconds, kerb appeal is key. You don’t need to spend much on the frontage of your property to make a big difference, a few hundred pounds is often all it takes to make a good first impression. If nothing else, a coat of paint on the front door will send the right signals to potential buyers.

Next comes the hallway! This is the first room people encounter, but it’s often the most neglected. This area should be light and welcoming, free of clutter. If shoes and coats are littering your hallway custom built storage, making the most of any alcoves, can make a big difference. Getting a carpenter to make you up something bespoke can cost less than you expect and make a huge difference to how you use the space available.

I believe in maintenance; prevention is always better than cure (and often cheaper too). A badly maintained property will put buyers off. If your gutters, fencing and garden are well maintained potential buyers will have more trust that you have maintained the crucial elements of the property to a high standard, such as plumbing and electrical work.

Even if you’re not looking to sell your property in the near future maintenance shouldn’t be ignored as when you do come to sell, a badly maintained property will affect the selling price. Clearing guttering is always a good place to start – ignoring down pipes and cracked guttering can cost your dearly in the long run.



Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer doesn’t need much of an introduction, he’s TV’s most well-known property presenter, having co-presented Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation for over 10 years. Phil'ls blog posts focus on adding value and advice/ tips for when you're buying or selling your house.

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  1. I totally agree we sold our house at full asking price to the first viewers as we kept it immaculate and spent time and effort on the front garden with lots of plants and flowers. We even had an over price offer which we did not proceed on. The key is neutral decor, clutter free, clean and tidy and definitely, as Phil states, kerb appeal sells a house immediately !

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