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Top tips for enchanting your viewers once they're in through the door

At Winkworth Bath we feel that the sales process is a collaborative one. Of course you're enlisting us to find and qualify suitable applicants, but it's a team effort between our efforts in the office and the client's contribution to preparation. Cleanliness is close to Godliness Whilst we all lead hectic lives these days, cutting corners won't cut it when you're trying to sell your property. A really deep clean is ideal and it takes an effort to keep on top of it. If you're times strapped, it's worth calling in the professionals. Whilst your viewers will try to see past any mess and dirt, their first impression really does count. You want your viewer to immediately be able to visualise themselves living in your home.

At Winkworth Bath we feel that the sales process is a collaborative one. Of course you're enlisting us to find and qualify suitable applicants, but it's a team effort between what we bring to the table and the client's contribution to preparation.

Cleanliness is close to Godliness

Whilst we all lead hectic lives these days, cutting corners won't cut it when you're trying to sell your property. A deep clean to start with and regular maintenance is ideal. If you're time strapped, it's worth calling in the professionals. Whilst your viewers will try to see past any mess and dirt, the first impression really does count. You want your viewer to immediately be able to visualise themselves living in your home.

Sensory experiences are really important

We experience the world through more than our eyes, so scent and temperature make a difference. If it's cold out, ensure the heating is on a timer - we speculate to accumulate, so try to see the big picture. If your property is often empty, think about ways to freshen up the atmosphere, be it with regular window opening sessions or a dehumidifier. A scented candle can create a lovely homely vibe, as can fresh flowers. If a viewer walks in and announced that your home smells damp or feels cold, it's not the most welcoming start. We love French Lavender by the White Company as a timeless classic.

Lighting

Any design expert will tell you that lighting is the most important and most overlooked aspect in an interior. Overhead lights are sometimes neccessary, but plenty of small table lamps create a wonderfully cosy feeling and are much gentler on the eye. There are so many styles to choose from. If in doubt, go for a John Lewis basic. If you fancy something extravagant, try India Jane or Savannah Home on Bath's Milsom Street. The staff will be more happy to help and if you can show them photos of your existing interior, they can be specific with their suggestions.

Thoughtful zoning

Zoning enables your viewer to see how they would live their life; where they'll eat, where they'll curl up with the Sunday papers and how they'll entertain in style. By creating clearly designated spaces you are encouraging your viewer to see their new life at your address.

Devil is in the detail

A pretty fruitbowl, some expensive toiletries on display (always hide the cheap ones), a casually open-paged recipe book in the kitchen; these combined ingredients create a carefully constructed scene of domestic contentment. Try scattering a few chic magazines or interior books on the coffee table; your home starts to look like a place to luxuriate, dream and create. Don't underestimate the power of the little details.

If you are unsure on how to best use your space, ask us - we've prepped our own homes for sale and advised many vendors over the years. Interiors magazines and blogs are a great help too. The most important factors are the basics; low lighting, clean and fresh spaces and managing the temperature to match the time of year.

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