We all dream of falling in love with the first house we go to view and knowing it’s the one the minute we step through the front door but is that actually possible?
The Gazette has reported that according to a new study ‘Britons looking to purchase a new home know whether or not they’ll make an offer within 40 seconds of walking through the front door’, so that got us thinking whether you really can fall in love with a property at first sight and whether it’s the exterior that sells a property and not what’s inside.
At Quick Buyers, we believe this claim would make sense, as would the Independent’s research that ‘one in six home hunters say they only take 10 seconds to decide whether they like a property from the outside’. We’ve all swiped through the internet and mobile apps, looking at local properties to see which ones fit the bill and the first image you usually see is the front exterior of the property, and in reality, if you don’t like the look of it you look no further.
Surely this is the case in real life situations too? Pictures can be deceiving so if you make it to viewing a property, turn up and the front of the property isn’t living up to your expectations you’re unlikely to take the viewing any further.
All property buyers and sellers will also be familiar with the idea of a ‘drive-by’ in which prospective buyers will drive by the property of interest before a professional viewing to get an idea of the outside of the property and surrounding areas and we suspect that these late night and early morning drive-bys are the death of many house sales as if you don’t like what you see, you decide within seconds to not go any further with this property.
But does this count as ‘love at first sight’? Just because you make a decision on whether or not the property lives up to your expectations within seconds doesn’t mean you’ve fallen in love with it as the inside of the property could tell a different story.
We really do believe the outside of a house can be the deal breaker though so if you’re putting your house up for sale we’d recommend turning your attention to the exterior to secure plenty of interest.
Here’s our checklist for preparing the outside of your property for the market:
- Tend to any outdoor space, both back and front (mow the lawns and general tidy)
- Repair and maintain any gates or fences (freshly painted, repair if broken)
- Tidy/clear any driveway areas to show off the size of the space
- Sort any loose or uneven paving flags to avoid accidents during viewings
- Freshen up the front door (repaint if required or clean if plastic)
- Clean all windows visible from the road and tidy inside window sills so clutter can’t be seen
These quick and easy tasks could be the difference between securing a sale and being stuck on the market, so we’d recommend taking our advice if you’re trying to sell your house.
If you are in the middle of putting your home on the market we wish you luck!