Viewing FAQ’s for Sellers!

- Wed 10 Mar 2021

If you are selling your first home or have not sold in a while, there are many questions you may have in regards to what happens at viewings at your property. We have created some FAQ’s to help reassure you before marketing your property.

I don’t want to say the wrong thing when showing people around my home!

We do prefer to accompany buyers around your property and advise that sellers and any large pets are not present at viewings. Potential buyers make more use of their time when they can quietly absorb the feeling and details of you home whilst they visualise themselves living there and ultimately make a decision if they like the property or not.

Sometimes it is harder for them to do this when the current homeowner is in and they can feel a little under pressure or rushed to look around the property and potentially miss key aspects of your home.

Any questions they have, we can answer and report back to you on the initial feedback and feeling of how the viewing went. If at a later stage the buyer would like to arrange a second viewing and would prefer to meet you, we can happily arrange this.

How much notice will we be given for a viewing?

This will vary from viewing to viewing and we will try to give you as much notice as possible. We try to obtain a variety of times from viewers that are suitable but some people are more flexible than others depending on their availability. If a time really isn’t suitable then you can say so and we can liaise with the viewer to arrange a more convenient time for you.

Sellers often worry about a last minute viewing and not having washed up the breakfast dishes before going to work. The viewer is ultimately interested in the house and its potential so a few dishes in the kitchen will not put them off. It may not be ideal but this ultimately could be the person to buy your home!

Must we have a for sale board?

The answer is no, however, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages in this instance. Reports suggest 1 in 10 buyers are introduced to a property by the sign outside. Knowing how many people contact our offices and ask about a property from having seen the For Sale sign, it may be far higher than this.

It is a 24/7 advert for your property so it is a huge benefit if you are keen to sell. Many buyers have often contacted us after seeing a Bradleys board without initially thinking of selling however, your home may be in their perfect road or it may even be their dream home that urges them to sell!

What happens if someone knocks on our door wanting to view the house?

In our experience this is very rare but should it happen, politely explain they must go through us, your selling agents, should they wish to view. There are many reasons for this but primarily for safety reasons. It is essential you do not let anyone into your home that hasn’t been qualified by us. They can contact us until 10pm, 7 days per week, so there really isn’t any excuse for having to see a property without contacting us first. We will then be able to find out all about their search, affordability and overall suitability before arranging a viewing appointment so that we don’t waste your time.

If you are considering selling your home in the near future and have any further questions, contact your nearest Bradleys branch where we would be more than happy to assist you.

Property market conditions will vary and therefore, so will the situation around viewings, the Covid-19 crisis was an extreme example of this. Regardless of the situation employing a professional Estate Agent will provide you with the expertise and peace of mind at such an emotional and potentially stressful time.