Selling my house - Should I tidy up?

“OF COURSE, YOU SHOULD!”    I can hear the amazement in your voices, but you’ll be amazed at the amount of times in a working week we hear this from clients.  Curiously, this topic was also raised by three of our staff who have recently themselves moving.

I’m pleased to say, that often this refers to conversations from buyers or indeed prospective tenants when we show them round their prospective new homes.    But it is true, a client will often make all the effort to tidy and present their home for the photography, but at the actual viewing forget about the presentation.     A few favourites we see often are: -

Bedrooms -  Not only unmade beds, but children or more specifically teenager’s bedrooms which for some reason seem to be fitted with “floordrobes” (Where a teenager decides the clothing racks are in fact all over the floor!) or smell like “dead gerbils” (what is that smell that transmits automatically with teenagers?)

Kitchens -  last night’s washing up on the draining board, or worse still the remnants of last night’s dinner party

Bathrooms - finding the room steamed up as the viewing is at 10am and someone has decided to shower at 9.45am in the morning.  They leave wet towels or floor mats on the floor and the shower screen is often still dripping wet with that feel of condensation in the air.

It’s true to say that often the buying decision is made before the actual viewing and maybe these things don’t matter.    However, some of these can go towards putting a buyer off, so it’s worth taking the same steps that you would on the day of the initial photography.

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Category: Selling my house - Should I tidy up?
Paul McGuirk - 02/03/18
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