The purpose of showing your home is to hook a buyer. You want the buyers to come
through your house and be impressed - so impressed in fact, that they’re ready to make
an offer! You’ll have one chance to make a great 1st impression on these potential
buyers, so make sure to follow these helpful tips to really make it count!
.1. Make sure that you don’t neglect the outside of your home.
Curb appeal can make or break the odds of someone even bothering to get out of
the car to come in. If they pull up and see a home with a lawn that obviously needs
edging and has an unkempt ower bed, they’re going to wonder what else hasn’t
been cared for properly. You want the outside of your home to be spotless. Clean
the siding, the windows, and the doors. Make sure there are no dirt smudges, no
cobwebs and that anything that needs painting has been spiffed up.
Focus on the outside.
.2. Take yourself out of the house. That means that you want to take out all of the
personal stuff. Remove the family photos from the walls and tables. You want the
home to look neutral so that the potential buyers can look at your house and
picture it as themselves living there. Everything should be as neutral as possible in
terms of personal items.
.3. Remove all the extra clutter you see at 1st glance. If you look around, it’ll amaze you at how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Some of it might very well be important, but that doesn’t mean that your potential buyers should see it.
When you have a lot of clutter, it shrinks the living space of the house. It makes it
look and feel cramped and smaller. Many homeowners get something called "house
blindness". They’ve lived in the home for so long with the same clutter that they
don’t even really see it anymore. But a stranger will always notice. So clean out your
house and make the space look as big as possible.
.4. If you have a pet, no one that walks through your house should be able to
notice it exists.
That means no cat litter box, no dog to jump on anyone, no food
sitting around in a dish. Your home should not have any pet odors. Having a clean
house that’s odor free is a big selling point. You don’t want to lose a possible deal
just because they can smell your pet’s presence or your pet makes a bad
. 5. Stage your home! You can hire a professional or you can do it yourself. Stage your
living areas in a way that shows off your home. You can rent furniture to make your
home furnishings look good if you don’t use a stager. Someone who knows how to
stage a house knows how to play up the best features of your home and knows
what to bring in or get rid of to make the entire house appeal to a buyer.
First impressions are HUGE when showing your home to potential buyers, but by
following the simple steps above you will be well on your way to making a great
impression and, hopefully, receiving multiple offers! (And if you are at all anxious
about this important step, just reach out to a trusted real estate professional in your
area who can help guide you through this process!)
Happy House Hunting!
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