Michelle has been a Real Estate Broker over 15 years. She loves educating buyers and sellers on how to make their transactions go smoothly.
How to Prepare Your Home for Showings That Sell
The objective of putting your home on the market is to sell it, right? You are hoping to get a buyer to make you an offer. In order to do this, you must present your home in a way that appeals to a buyer’s senses. A buyer must be able to feel what it would be like if they lived in your home. The bottom line is that if your home is not attractive to a buyer, it won’t sell or will take a very long time to sell. No one wants to open their home up to the public forever, so let’s get it right the first time. This article explains how to prepare your home for showings that sell.
1. Well-Manicured Yard
Curb appeal means a great deal to most buyers. It actually sets the stage on whether or not they want to schedule an appointment to view the inside of a home. Clear any debris and make sure hedges are trimmed and the grass is cut. The more luscious looking, the better.
2. A Beautiful Entrance
Nicely painted door, clean porch, no cobwebs. An inviting welcome mat. If you know the plant is dead, get rid of it. Take the “Beware of Dog” sign down for showings. Make sure the dogs are secured or, better yet, away from the home until the showing is over. You do control when your home is shown. A barking dog will deter some buyers.
3. Delightful Smell
If a buyer enters a home and smells an unpleasant odor, they may not be able to get past that. You also don’t want strong fragrances in the air. You want pleasant, delightful smells in the air. Some smells that work are oranges, lemons, vanilla, cinnamon, and baked cookies. These are some very good examples. Just be mindful not to have a mixture of smells lingering at the same time. Remember, a clean house smells clean.
4. Clean Countertop and Other Surfaces
Make sure all surfaces are wiped down and as shiny as possible. Buyers will rub their hands across beautiful countertops, especially if they are granite. It’s almost impossible to resist.
5. Matching and Clean Appliances
If you have a stainless steel refrigerator, black stove, and olive dishwasher, that’s a problem! Matching sets are ideal and will make your kitchen, no matter what size it is, look gorgeous. Be sure to make sure your appliances are as clean as a whistle.
6. Scuff-Free Walls and Clean Carpets
This is a no-brainer. No buyer wants to walk in and see scuffed-up walls or dirty carpet. This is a big turnoff, so be sure to touch up those walls. Have your carpets cleaned and deodorized. Keep in mind what the objective is. Getting your home sold. Everything from the ceiling to the floor should be clean and smell great!
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Try to reduce the clutter as much as possible. Hallways should be clear. Kitchen and dining room tables should be decorated and ready for guests. You can put your mail and magazines in a suitcase or box and make sure it’s out of sight. Your go-to items can be placed in a box or container and put in your car trunk before a showing.
8. Sparkling Windows and Mirrors
One of my biggest pet peeves is fingerprints. I can’t be the only one, so windows and mirrors should be fingerprint and streak-free. Clean windows and mirrors will bring a flawless feel to any room.
9. Get Rid of Dust
This is easier said than done. Make sure you vacuum before you dust. Use a microfiber cloth or something that won’t spread the dust. Change your air filters monthly. Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter if you just can't seem to beat your dust problem. Getting rid of and preventing dust on a regular basis is key.
10. Open Blinds and Curtains
Let the sunlight in. Make sure there are no dark and gloomy rooms. If a space has no windows, turn on a light, lamp, recess lighting, etc. Light will make a room open up and feel and appear larger.
Show to Sell
The best way to make sure your home is ready for showings is to keep it neat and tidy every day. Pretend it’s Thanksgiving, and you’ve invited guests to a big celebration. Make it fun and stress-free by preparing your home before it hits the market. You want to make your home as inviting as possible so a buyer can imagine living in it. Remember to cater to the buyer's senses. Use this article as a guide and prepare your home for showings that sell.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2016 Michelle McLaughlin