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How to prepare your house for a viewing

The home staging is your opportunity to make a good first impression on prospective home buyers. Here's how to prepare your house for a viewing.

Prepare House For Viewing

Article summary

  • The home staging is an opportunity to make a good first impression on potential buyers.
  • Do your best to clean up your home and ensure it looks fresh and spacious.
  • Be prepared to incur some expenses to prepare your home for a viewing, as they will be outweighed by the financial benefits of successfully selling your home.

As a home seller, the house viewing is your best chance to make a good impression on interested buyers. After all, home buyers seeking their dream home won’t know what the home of their dreams is until they see it.

It’s important that your home be in a state that is ideal for viewing, and there are a few adjustments you should make to ensure that’s the case.

5 Suggestions on how to prepare your house for a viewing

1. Remove the clutter
Removing the clutter creates more space, which improves the aesthetic. It makes the home appear fresh and spacious, bound to appeal to any potential home buyer.

2. Make sure there’s plenty of light
Whether it be by ensuring light is pouring in through the windows, or by turning all the lights on, lots of light helps create the ideal atmosphere for home viewing.

3. Remove signs of previous occupation
Potential buyers don’t like to be reminded that the home has been previously lived in, so pack away any family photos, however meaningful they may be to you. Try to decorate with neutral colours so that you’re not imposing your own taste on the viewer’s experience.

4. Tidy up outdoor spaces
Mow the lawn, remove weeds, clean the pool; having a garden and a pool is an asset you want to take advantage of when staging a home viewing. Also bear in mind that the driveway and front entrance are the first part of the home that viewers are going to see.

5. Remember you’re selling a lifestyle
It’s not just about the home, but the living experience. Set up your home staging to appeal to a certain audience. For example, make it look as family-friendly as possible so as to appeal to buyers who are looking for a family home.

Think about the long-term gains

Be willing to spend some money on your home staging, knowing that whatever expenses you incur now will be significantly outweighed by the financial benefits of selling the home.

Looking to buy a home yourself?

Whether you already have your eye set on a new home, or are still house hunting, eventually the time will come to use the profits you make from selling your current home. If you intend to use those resources to buy a new home, bear in mind that ooba Home Loans offers a range of tools that make the home-buying process easier. Start with their Bond Calculator, then use the ooba Home Loans Bond Indicator to determine what you can afford. Finally, when you’re ready, you can apply for a home loan.

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