Selling a Home in West Lothian: Preparing for Viewings

Published: 21/03/2023

Selling a Home in West Lothian: Preparing for Viewings

As estate agents, one of the biggest pieces of advice we give people looking to sell their property in West Lothian is to prepare for viewings!

Viewings are a vital part of the selling process, giving people the opportunity to really get a feel for a property. It also presents you, the seller, with a chance to show the best of your home. You want to sell it for its maximum value, and making sure you have prepared for viewings can help to achieve this!

As well as selling your property for the maximum price, being well prepared for viewings can minimise the time you spend trying to find a buyer. Selling your home can be stressful, so reducing the time it’s on the market by appealing to viewers should be a top priority.

Here is our advice on preparing your property in West Lothian for viewings in order to maximise its sale value and minimise the time spent finding a buyer.

1. Vacate the Property During Viewings

This first one is an important one! By leaving your property during viewings you allow potential buyers to imagine themselves in the property. If the owner is there whilst they’re looking around it can make things a little awkward - it’s your home, after all, so people may naturally feel like they’re intruding.

So give viewers, and yourself, a bit of space during viewings.

2. Give the Estate Agent a Key

This is really just for the sake of convenience both for yourself and the estate agent. If your estate agent has a key, you won’t have to meet them before and after every viewing to unlock the property.

Estate agents are professionals who are used to handling the keys of properties. They will keep the key locked away safely between viewings, so you don’t have to worry about the security of your home.

3. Remove all Signs of Pets

I know what you’re thinking; “how could anyone not love my dog?”

Pet owners love their animals more than anyone, but this isn’t the case for everyone! It can be off-putting to potential buyers if they are not animal lovers, and hinder your chances of selling the property.

By taking your pet out of the way, along with any leads, bowls, beds, and so on, you also give viewers more of a blank canvas. When moving to a new home, we like to make it our own. So, by having as little personal belongings around as possible you make it easier for people to imagine their life there.

4. Make any Minor Repairs

As with anything, the small details can make a big difference when it comes to having viewings in your West Lothian property.

You want to make a great first impression, so if there is anything that can be done - a fresh coat of paint, a new bulb in that flickering light, etc. - prior to the first set of viewings then do it!

5. Create a Welcoming Environment

As we already said, making a great first impression is important when having viewings at your property in West Lothian. You should be giving potential buyers all the help they need to imagine their life in their new home. Here are a few top tips:

Keep things Clean and Tidy

This is a no-brainer! Making sure your home is in good shape for viewers will give a great first impression. Clean the carpets, do your washing up, and make sure things are kept neat!

Set the Mood

If you have any candles, leave these out for the estate agent to light before the viewings arrive for a homely atmosphere. And why not have some music playing? Anything that can help people picture themselves in your property will help.


If having evening or night viewings, have any ambient lighting on. This will really show the best of your home and enhance its appeal.

We hope you have found these tips helpful when preparing your property in West Lothian for viewings.

We also have some great tips on buying a property in West Lothian [LINK] and answering your FAQs, like what is a closing date? [LINK] Have a read to help your journey in the property market in Scotland!

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding viewings for your property get in touch and our team will be happy to help. [LINK]