SHOW YOUR HOME IN THE BEST LIGHT POSSIBLE
While you don't have to keep your house 100% clean all the time, you should make any necessary repairs and perform all major cleanup work BEFORE you start showing your home. There are hundreds of small things you can do to make your house more attractive for a showing, ranging from drawing all the blinds and tightening loose doorknobs to displaying fresh-cut flowers and baking a loaf of bread. Most importantly, you should not be present during showings so that prospective buyers can explore your home freely.
Here are five of the most important areas to address:
Clutter: Back rooms in basements filled with boxes and other items. Closets stuffed full of clothes. Rooms crammed with too much furniture. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy – and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of your home. It also can make your home seem smaller than it really is.
Maintenance issues: Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of things needing repairs or replacement. Dripping faucets, faded or chipped walls, or overgrown lawns and shrubbery can make a buyer think twice about putting an offer on your property.
Smells: You can’t see smells,but it really does affect the experience of a buyer when they view a listing. Smells like exotic cooking aromas, cigarette smoke, and pets can be quite a turn off. As mentioned in a previous blog post on Talk 21, smell is the only one of our five senses that is directly hardwired to our brains and connected to our memories and emotions.
Personal items: Buyers will, of course, understand that a family is living in the home they’re viewing. However, constant reminders – in the form of vacation pictures, bowling trophies, or scattered children’s toys – can make a buyer feel like an intruder. Don't forget to put away your laundry! The site of laundry hanging in a basement makes your home look cluttered and messy.
You: It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home without you in it.