“How should I prepare my home for a viewing?”

You’ve made the decision to sell your home, researched local estate agents in Southend on Sea and now have prospective buyers lined up view your property. So how can you prepare your home for a viewing and make it irresistible to purchasers?

The key is to clean, de-clutter, make the property neutral and impersonal. A recent television programme featured a property for sale in Leigh on Sea. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the fabric of the building, the house was full to bursting point with family paraphernalia. The interior colour schemes were bold and would certainly not be to everyone’s taste. Children’s toys lay scattered across the garden and dirty laundry spilled out of washing baskets. Unsurprisingly, the vendors had failed to secure even one offer in over a year.

The key to selling your home quickly is to help potential buyers picture themselves living in your home. No-one wants to reside in an untidy, unloved property. Consider the following suggestions to help you prepare for a viewing.

Be ruthless, de-clutter and de-personalise.

Dispose of anything you don’t need and put any items you can into self-storage. Remove personal items such as family photographs, certificates or children’s artwork. Don’t forget the garden and garage if you have them.

Clean like you’ve never cleaned before!

Scrub every last corner of your property and then do it again. If you don’t want to do this yourself, consider hiring a professional company to undertake a one-off, deep-clean for you. Consider how your house smells, particularly if you have furry pets. You could even arrange for your pets to be elsewhere during a viewing or open-house event, as excitable animals may put off potential buyers. Lots of strangers coming and going may also be distressing for your pet too.

Make your house look like it has been well-cared for:

  • Make your house look like it has been well-cared for:
  • Fix any leaking gutters or broken fencing
  • Replace any broken floor tiles 
  • Re-grout around showers and baths 
  • Replace broken window blinds 
  • Clean or replace dirty or worn carpets 
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working

Also, buyers like to open cupboards, so make sure yours are tidy and not overly full

Give your house kerb-side appeal:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Wash down paintwork
  • Invest in some plants to place by the door, (you can always take them with you)

If the kitchen is looking worn, consider replacing kitchen cupboard doors and old appliances. Paint your walls in neutral colours so prospective purchasers can easily imagine their furniture in your rooms.

These suggestions really will help you sell your property. And in the competitive Southend property market, as the well-known supermarket says, every little helps.

Posted by Lisa Clark; Sales Manager at Pace Plc, family-owned independent Estate Agents in Southend-on Sea.


Lisa Clark is Sales Manager at Pace Plc, an independent Southend on Sea Estate Agent. She deals with every aspect of the sales process, providing expert and honest advice together with tailor-made marketing plans for each property she lists for sale.

She prides herself on providing excellent customer service and takes a highly proactive approach to achieving the best possible price and sale time for our clients in an increasingly competitive property marketplace.

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