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Judgement call - how viewers perceive your property

What makes a house a home? It's a big question and a very pertinent one if you have a property for sale in East Midlands or are thinking of moving home soon. Winkworth - one of the most active Midlands estate agents - conducts hundreds of property viewings every year and witnesses firsthand the reactions of prospective buyers as they step through the front door. Now a study of 2,000 Britains aims to shed light on what judgements people make about a property when they step inside. The survey commissioned by AirWick revealed that people make a snap judgement within just 26 seconds of entering a property and first impressions do count. In addition, eight out of ten respondents admitted they can't help but make a judgement about someone after looking round their home. With decisions made about property and people in such a quick time frame, sellers of property need to ensure that the area immediately inside their front door as well as the rest of the property is appealing. Homes that aren't too cluttered, appear fresh and clean, and have a moderately-sized but not too large television are among the top 20 most commonly-judges aspects of a home. Piles of junk, coats on a banister and stacks of unopened mail don't make a good first impression either. Our experience has taught us that less is always more when it comes to impressing potential purchasers. It's not always easy to stand back and impartially evaluate your own home, so Winkworth has compiled a checklist for those who have a flat or house for sale in East Midlands. Home Inspection Checklist •Is the hallway cluttered with coats, shoes and paperwork? •Is there a fresh, clean smell as soon as you open the front door? •Are the walls - especially in the hallway - scuffed, stained or dented? •Are there too many ornaments and photographs on display? •Are the work surfaces in the kitchen piled with unnecessary items? •Are bathrooms tidy, with towels folded and toiletries stored away or neatly displayed? •Is the kitchen bin or laundry basket overflowing? •Is there washing drying over radiators or clothes horses? •Are all the rooms well aired with curtains and blinds opened?

What makes a house a home? It's a big question and a very pertinent one if you have a property for sale in East Midlands or are thinking of moving home soon. Winkworth - one of the most active Midlands estate agents - conducts hundreds of property viewings every year and witnesses firsthand the reactions of prospective buyers as they step through the front door.

Now a study of 2,000 Britains aims to shed light on what judgements people make about a property when they step inside. The survey commissioned by AirWick revealed that people make a snap judgement within just 26 seconds of entering a property and first impressions do count. In addition, eight out of ten respondents admitted they can't help but make a judgement about someone after looking round their home.

With decisions made about property and people in such a quick time frame, sellers of property need to ensure that the area immediately inside their front door as well as the rest of the property is appealing. Homes that aren't too cluttered, appear fresh and clean, and have a moderately-sized but not too large television are among the top 20 most commonly-judges aspects of a home. Piles of junk, coats on a banister and stacks of unopened mail don't make a good first impression either.

Our experience has taught us that less is always more when it comes to impressing potential purchasers. It's not always easy to stand back and impartially evaluate your own home, so Winkworth has compiled a checklist for those who have a flat or house for sale in East Midlands.

Home Inspection Checklist

  • Is the hallway cluttered with coats, shoes and paperwork?
  • Is there a fresh, clean smell as soon as you open the front door?
  • Are the walls - especially in the hallway - scuffed, stained or dented?
  • Are there too many ornaments and photographs on display?
  • Are the work surfaces in the kitchen piled with unnecessary items?
  • Are bathrooms tidy, with towels folded and toiletries stored away or neatly displayed?
  • Is the kitchen bin or laundry basket overflowing?
  • Is there washing drying over radiators or clothes horses?
  • Are all the rooms well aired with curtains and blinds opened?

Just 30 minutes checking over your property before a prospective purchases arrives may mean the difference between 'thanks but no thanks' or an offer. Make sure your viewers' first 26 seconds are pleasant and you just might put yourself in pole position.

For more home moving advice, a free home valuation and details of properties for sale in the region, please contact your local Winkworth East Midlands estate agents office.

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