After preparing your home for sale and marketing the property to potential buyers the day will come that your home is ready to be seen by an interested buyer. It is important when this time comes that you present your home in a way that makes it appealing to a new owner. Remember during this time you want your buyers to envision this as “Their” home and not “Your” home. Below are a few simple things that should be done before showing your home to any potential buyers.
Not Seen or Heard- Send children and pets off to stay with family or friends until the showing is over. The fewer distractions you offer, the more the buyer will be able to focus on your property.
A Great Entrance- Keep in mind the entrance to your home is the first thing potential buyers see. Make sure the entrance in swept clean and free of clutter.
Light and Bright- Open your drapes and turn on the lights. No one wants to walk into a dark spot. Let buyers see your home bright and cheerful.
Little Things Mean a Lot– Take a few minutes to check to be sure that your doors don’t stick or have loose knobs on them. Don’t forget your windows and cabinet drawers. Get all those minor flaws fixed since they detract from your home’s value.
Easy Access– Make movement throughout the areas of the house simple. Unlock doors, Keep Closets open and neat, and don’t leave cars in the garage. Allow your guests to see the open area.
Clean From Top to Bottom– Make sure the WHOLE house is cleaned not just the areas you can see. Clean Cabinets, Closets, and Garage make a big difference.
Home Sweet Home Smell- The sense of smell is powerful. Put on a pot of coffee prior to showing your house. This can really put your property over the edge for potential buyers.