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Helpful Tips For Your Home Showing
The moment potential buyers walk up to your driveway, you’ll want them to feel at home, so let’s give them a canvas to fill. It’s showtime!
A Good Cleaning Goes A Long Way
First, begin with a thorough cleaning, eliminate the clutter, put away knick-knacks, and add fresh coats of a neutral-colored paint to brighten the rooms. Tidy up the yard. Make sure to mow the lawn. Store garbage and recycle bins where potential buyers won’t see them. Then look at the front of your home, with a “fresh” eye, to see if anything detracts from its curb appeal.
Here are some basics:
- First and foremost, you’re moving. I WILL sell your home. Knowing this certainty, get a jumpstart on the process and begin packing everything you don’t use regularly.
- Packing and removing clutter, will make you tons of money b/c it will thin out your home, make your rooms and closets look bigger, and generally allow the home to both show and photograph better.
- Remove all window screens and store them in your storage area. You’ll be amazed at the difference this will make.
- While we’re at it, let’s get all of the windows cleaned inside and out. Natural light can make an enormous difference in how a home shows, and you’ll be astounded at the difference a good window cleaning can have.
- Many services out there can do this for a relatively inexpensive fee, and the return is well worth it.
- Open all window coverings to maximize the amount of natural light.
- Do you have a particular window overlooks undesirable scenery or obstructed views? Then adjust the blinds, so they’re only partially open, allowing some light, but closed enough to avoid anything unsightly.
- If weather permits, open the windows to air out your home. Newer homes are built very tight these days, and thus a good airing out in advance of showings is always a good idea.
- On the day of a showing, make sure the main lights in every room are on, and the blinds/window coverings are open.
- If you have a built-in surround sound or whole home speaker system, play soft music at a low volume in the background to highlight this feature.
- Ensure all additional vehicles are moved to an alternate location to maximize garage or driveway space.
- And finally, allow Ted or another agent to conduct the tour: potential buyers always feel more comfortable – and less pressured – when the owners are not present.