A guide to virtual house viewings
Moving to a new house is currently a very different experience to what it used to be.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK, the way we go about many of our usual day-to-day activities has changed dramatically, including viewing properties.
During lockdown, virtual property viewings have become the norm. And they work – we’ve seen buyers choose their new homes without ever physically stepping foot in them. Even when we return to some sense of normality, it’s likely that virtual viewings will continue to be a popular choice.
As a result, homeowners must consider how they present their property to ensure it gives the best possible first impression during a virtual viewing. After all, it’s not as easy to convey the feel of a property virtually, and many of the traditional tips such as baking bread, aren’t relevant.
Here are our top tips to effectively styling your space for a virtual viewing:
1. Create the right first impression
Like physical viewings, creating the first impression for a virtual viewing is crucial. Start by ensuring any noise is kept to a minimum, such as turning music off, putting phones on silent and making sure others in the house are quiet. Any noises could distract and put off any potential buyers watching the viewing.
It is also important to create a welcoming space. Do this by opening the curtains and making sure all lights are switched on before filming starts. The person filming should also be encouraged to take their time while exploring the property. While it may feel unnatural, to pick up all the details needed, the person filming should record much more slowly than what would normally feel appropriate.
2. Clean and tidy
As with any other type of viewing, it’s important that your home is clean and tidy ready for the virtual viewing. Your viewers may not be there in person, but they’ll still be able to see anything that’s out of place or cluttered. Remove everything that doesn’t need to be there so viewers can see the space and it’s potential rather than be distracted by your belongings.
Dust the leaves on your plants and remove any dead leaves, ensure there is no clutter, and touch up any scuffs on paintwork. You should also ensure that your windows are nice and clean to let as much light in as possible.
3. Show every part of every room
If you leave certain areas of a room out of shot, even if it’s unintentional, your buyers will be suspicious and worry that there’s something to hide. Make sure you show the entirety of each room in the house, even opening the cupboards and showing behind the doors. This will also help them to fully visualise the potential of the space if they were to make a purchase.
4. Show off your kitchen
The kitchen is one of the main rooms in any house, so make sure you present yours in the best possible light. Tidy your cupboards so you can show viewers how much space is inside, remove any clutter from your worktops, and show off your favourite appliances to give an idea of items in situ.
Make sure you show your viewers every storage area – this is a key selling point.
5. Style your bathroom
A few finishing touches will ensure your bathroom looks appealing and will help your viewers imagine themselves relaxing in it. Ensure any clutter is out of sight, add in a few plants and candles, and present your soaps and shampoos in stylish jars. You should also demonstrate how any fittings work, particularly any hi-tech fittings or fixtures.
Your virtual viewing is an important opportunity to showcase all that your property has to offer. Take your time and don’t rush through each room to enable view to really soak up what your asset has to offer and its potential.
Contact Gordon & Co today
Founded in 1948, Gordon & Co. is an independent an established London property agency, with proven expertise in sales, lettings, property management, valuations and new developments.
If you’re thinking of selling your property, our expert team can help you ensure it’s ready for virtual viewings. Get in touch to find out more.
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During a valuation, your home will be assessed to determine the current market value. Factors such as the age, size, layout and condition of the property will be taken into account, along with the location and the prices of similar properties in the South Bank area.
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South Bank property valuation frequently asked questions
Here are some of the questions we are most frequently asked about property valuations in the South Bank:
Should I have an online valuation or a full valuation?
That depends on your needs. An online valuation looks at the type of property, the number of bedrooms and your location to estimate how much your home is worth. A full valuation offers a more accurate, in-depth look at your property. An experienced valuer will visit your home and assess each room in person.
How long will the valuation take?
The amount of time it takes to complete the valuation will depend on a number of factors. However, an online valuation will typically take around 60 seconds, whereas a full valuation usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour.
Will I need to be there?
If you’re having a full valuation, you’ll need to be present at the property throughout the process. The valuer will need to access every room in your home, and they’ll probably have some questions for you too. If it’s not convenient for someone to visit your property, an online valuation can provide an instant insight into the value of your home.
Do I need to prepare before the valuation?
A valuation isn’t the same as a viewing, so you don’t need to worry about preparing your home. However, giving the property a spring clean and decluttering your rooms can help us to see the true value and potential of the space.
Looking for a free, no-obligation house valuation in South Bank? We can help. Get your free, instant online valuation now or get in touch to book a full valuation with one of our experts.
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Many thanks to you and your team in the handling of the sale of my father's house. I have been very pleased that I took his neighbour's advice to put the sale in your firm's hands, and I have been very impressed with the professional manner in which you have acted for me. My best wishes for the future.
Steve - June 2019
Lettings - Steve
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Steve - February 2017
Mrs Ahmed - Sales
"Being with Gordon & Co was very easy and comfortable. The effort was clear as viewings came very early on and at a high number. Communication was very quick and efficient with messages being relayed correctly. But what made this an enjoyable experience was the services provided by Mr. Chris Read. Mr. Chris Read sold me the current property I live in prior to working at Gordon & Co. Our previous history made this process very easy. Being in properties over the last 8 years I have met many estate agents but none like Mr. Read. His ability to be receptive to all situations combined with his friendly nature makes him the perfect sales man. All issues were dealt with an energetic, can do attitude and his natural optimistic character made my experience very comfortable."
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Landlord - Property Management
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Ann - Property Management
"Thanks again for all your assistance Priya. Assuming we rent the flat out again in a few months (rather than sell it) I hope you will continue to manage the property for us."
Ann - August 2015
Elena - Property Management
"Just wanted to drop a note of appreciation to thank you for making the necessary arrangements this morning for a plumber to come in to stop the water leak from flat 20. Not only did you save the day but the engineer was also amazing - not only did he fix the problem but he also helped my mum mop up the water from the flat and carpet in the common parts. The carpet in the common parts is still quite wet but if you had not attended to this so promptly I dread to think the damage that would have resulted otherwise. Many thanks for all your good work"
Elena - July 2015
Chloe - Lettings
"Jacob has been very efficient and has found a good tenants for our property in a relatively short space of time. He has communicated well throughout the process."
Chloe - March 2015
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Vicki - March 2015
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Bryan - February 2015
Peter - Property Management
"Many thanks again for your help and for all at Gordon & Co who have been very professional throughout my time working with you before, during and after my stay at my property."
Peter - February 2015
Laura - Lettings
"Quick viewing and information was readily available. Generally smooth process. Good service."
Laura - February 2015
Alan - Lettings
"Good service. Viewing was arrange quickly and Rumz was very informative whilst at the property. Rumz/Colm arranged everything efficiently by the moving date."
Alan - February 2015
Anonymous - Lettings
"I was very impressed with the efficient service we received that led us to securing a property we are delighted with. Thank you William!"
XX - February 2015
Ralph - Sales
"My property was sold for slightly under asking price but I was very satisfied with the price we got and the manner in which the business was carried out – Jacob was extremely professional at all times and kept me fully informed – he did a great job."
Ralph - January 2015
Kelly & Stephen - Asia Sales
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Anon - Lettings
"I would happily always work with Jacob when moving"
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Julia - Lettings
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Julia - January 2015
Joanna - Lettings
"Very professional staff. Seth and Natalia kept us informed of everything at all times. Thank you again."
Joanna - January 2015
Anon - Sales
"The service was fantastic and the whole process has been quick and straightforward. Paul was great, helpful and honest and gave regular updates which I really appreciated. Delighted with my new home. Thanks!"
XX - December 2014
Adil - Sales
"Additionally, I wanted to compliment Mr. Anthony Finn for his consistent unwavering efforts and cooperation during the whole process. I am really pleased with his relationship building skills. He deserves round of applause and I rate his service as 5 star! Mr Finn has always gone an extra mile and responded to my enquiries very promptly and resolved any outstanding matters in no time.I sincerely thank you once again for all the information and advice you have given, as well as the smooth sale of my property. Your expertise and help have been invaluable during this process."
Adil - December 2014
Jacqui, Kyle, Mayla and Zoe - Lettings
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Luna - Lettings
"Exceptional client experience from start to end. Start: Walked into the office and spoke with Zack who presented me with options based on my needs which we viewed together the following day. Zack was always professional, polite and delivered on his promises I.e follow ups etc. We (my partner and I) put in an offer for the place and this is where Stephen also came into the picture. He provided support, guidance and exceptional customer service. We really felt we had a team behind us, looking for our best benefits. Both Stephen and Zack demonstrated excellent work values for both the client and the business and then Stephen went over and above and assisted greatly with our move! We couldn’t have asked for a better welcoming to the neighbourhood. Thank you so much! You were both fabulous!"
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Jasmine - Lettings
"Kwan has been very helpful and patient with all our questions and requests. He has been very efficient and reached our full satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to rent with Kwan again in the future."
Jasmine- October 2014
"Thanks Emily. As ever you have thought of everything! This is all fine."
Ed / December 2013
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Lisa / July 2014
"The service we received was exceptional at every step of the way. We had never rented a property before and we weren’t sure what to expect. Ivana could not have done more to help us and everyone in the Gordon and Co team at Elephant and Castle is always welcoming and helpful. I think you do a fantastic job."
XX- May 2014
"My wife and I are moving to London and we used your companies services to find a flat. We were extremely impressed by the professional, courteous and attention to detail service we received from Jacob. His ability to listen to what we wanted and try match our requests and budget to available properties in areas we were interested in was fantastic. Jacob seemed determined, driven and enthusiastic about helping us and we feel went the extra mile to try to accommodate our picky wants and needs when it came to a property. "
Robert / December 2013
"Thanks for the update and looking after my properties, I really appreciate it. Gordon and co have done a FANTASTIC job renting my flats continuously for the past 7 years."
Ralph - July 2013
Mike Bickerton - lettings
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Mr and Mrs Patel- Sales
Mr & Mrs Patel / July 2014
Aly - Sales
"Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for all your assistance with helping us find our new apartment. We were so happy with how easy you made everything, a great service, stress free. We will definitely be recommending Gordon & Co to any of our friends who will be moving in the future."
Aly / Aug 2014
Mike and Libby-Sales
"Once again, Libby and I wish to thank you for all your work on seeing this through to a conclusion. I meant what I said about your professionalism and accessibility... if and when we come to sell Flat 22, we would seriously consider doing so through you"
Mike and Libby / August 2014
David and Hitomi-Sales
"Debola our negotiator was extremely supportive and helpful throughout the whole buying process. This is an extremely competitive market and Debola was professional, knowledgeable and proactive throughout - we couldn't have bought the apartment without him. I would recommend the Gordon and Co team at Elephant and Castle without reservation."
David and Hitomi / July 2014
"Very responsible. Very Friendly. Very quick to respond and very professional. I would highly recommend."
Ruby / June 2014