Can house viewings still go ahead? MAKING THE MOST OF 15 MINUTE PROPERTY VIEWINGS
Updated: Nov 4, 2020
Why professional home staging is more vital than ever.
Welcome to the regular blogpost from The Home Styling Company – our award winning home staging and home styling company serving Leicestershire, Rutland and the East Midlands.
So here we go again with another lockdown which has plunged us all into the doldrums and is already causing plenty of anxiety for those about to bring their home onto the market and for those already trying to sell.
Try not to panic or make any knee jerk decisions… there’s still plenty to be positive about and even one or two silver linings (really!). So take a deep breath and take a look at our advice on making sure your home sale stays on track.
Will the property market close in England due to the lockdown?
No, the new measures won’t mean the property market must close. As things stand, (1st Nov 2020) viewings, valuations and surveys can all go ahead, providing they take place within the rules set out when the market re-opened in May 2020.
All physical viewings where prospective buyers or renters will be entering the property should last for no more than 15 minutes and involve no more than two households inside the property at any one time – this includes the estate agent. Open house viewings are not allowed. Buyers are permitted to move to a new house, provided it can be done safely. Estate agents and removal companies, have been asked to implement their own Covid-19 safety rules. These measures could include offering virtual viewings, vendors leaving their property during viewings, and ensuring properties are thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in. If you are already signed up to an estate agent, a good starting point is to contact them directly to find out what measures they have in place.
Making the most of your ‘fifteen minutes of fame’
With current rules allowing only fifteen minutes inside your home, more than ever before potential buyers need to be wowed from the moment they step inside but don’t despair... a recent Zoopla survey found that almost a quarter of all buyers knew the house was right for them in 10 minutes or less. That leaves a leisurely five minutes to toast the sale right?
Get it right and your buyers will be impressed by every part of the space and, most importantly, will easily see themselves living there. The good news is that we know that during lockdown periods, lots of buyers have more time to browse the internet for suitable properties – in fact, many areas have seen mini booms in sales. There are plenty of opportunities to sell but do make sure you give your home the very best chance to shine.
Did you know that professionally styled properties typically spend 50% less time on the market and sell for 8% to 10% more?
(Source – Rightmove).
Think about what those numbers mean to you and consider whether a home staging expert could help show your home in a better light? If you are considering selling or already on the market but having no success, it’s definitely worth finding out more about staging your home professionally.
Let’s make those fifteen minutes work for you!
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