Step 5: Viewings

 

Try and think about what potential buyers will be looking for so you can plan for their viewing, but above all make sure your home is clean and tidy. You could also pop flowers in the main rooms and make sure your house is well lit.

It’s a good idea to allow half an hour per viewing, but normally buyers will be in and out within 15 minutes.

Make sure you know who’s coming and what type of buyer they are (Have they already sold their home? Are they buying their first home etc?).

Questions viewers may ask

  • What are the neighbours like?
  • How much light does the property get – especially in winter?
  • Does the property have a working security system?
  • Have there been any structural problems?
  • Is the wiring, woodwork, windows and damp-proofing in good condition?
  • Have you already got somewhere to move to and are you looking for a quick sale?
  • Is there a chain and what would you do if the chain broke?
  • What are the local schools, nurseries and amenities like?
  • Is the property freehold or leasehold?

Try and get feedback on the viewings – did viewers like it, if not what were the things that put them off? A bit of knowledge of what buyers are looking for can help you improve your home for the next viewing.

Important Information

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

All applications are subject to status and our lending criteria. This means that the amount we’ll lend you will depend on your individual circumstances, the type of property and the amount you borrow. For example, we may require a bigger deposit if you’re buying a flat or new build property.