Most people want their home to look its best when showing it to prospective buyers, and often will buy flowers, deep clean and even bake bread in order to make their home the most appealing. However it’s the smaller things that capture the attention of buyers, and it’s these things that often stop homes from selling.
As they say, you judge someone within 7 seconds of meeting them, and this appears to apply to property as well. Those initial few minutes can often make the difference between a buyer starting their viewing on a positive or negative note.
A Sell House Fast survey of 1,266 people who have been to several viewings over the last year found that cracks, marks and stains leave the biggest negative impression. These carry a 76% turn-off rate, highlighting that many buyers can’t look past more major issues with the property.
Issues arise in all areas of the home. In the bathroom, a staggering 71% of prospective buyers would be dissatisfied by bathroom fixtures not functioning, and 66% are put off by something easy to rectify – exposed wires. Similarly mould and broken and missing handles also leave a negative impact on viewers.
In the kitchen, damaged kitchen cabinets catch the eye of potential viewers, with 54% of people thinking they are a turn off, and in the living room make sure you don’t have any torn or ripped carpets or furniture.
So what can sellers do? Small things such as buying fresh flowers, lighting scented candles, brewing coffee or even baking can help a home feel more welcoming. However if you don’t fancy going to such lengths, even a deep clean of a home can make a difference. 73% of estate agents suggest thoroughly cleaning household appliances ahead of viewings, making sure hobs, fridges and ovens are as sparkling as possible. A hoover or dust of main areas can also help to give the impression that the property is well-maintained and cared for.
If your home has a garden, make sure it’s been swept of leaves and debris, and any garden furniture is either cleaned or covered with 68% of estate agents suggesting making the garden as presentable as possible.