TIPS TO BETTER SHOW YOUR HOME
PRIOR TO SHOWINGS:
- Make your entry way look inviting, for example place a small planter outside with fresh plants or flowers. Be sure to prune any landscaping outside to prevent buyer’s from thinking the house isn’t well kept.
- Remove as much clutter as possible. Clear off the refrigerator, the countertops, dressers, etc. Place any unused items neatly in a closet or garage.
- Clean the walls and floors. Fill in any holes from nails/screws and touchup with the correct paint color.
- Ensure carpets and rugs are clean and free of stains.
- Fix any leaking faucets prior to showings.
- Deep clean all bathroom fixtures, dirty bathrooms aren’t a big hit.
- Organize shelving and closets to adequately represent the amount of storage space.
- Check ceilings for leaks or stains
- Consider painting any dark or vibrant walls to a light, neutral color
- Make the beds every morning, you never know when a showing will be scheduled!
- Fences, gates, gutters, downspouts and all other outside items should be clean and in good working condition.
- Keep dishes out of the sink, they don’t look good and they can cause foul odors.
- Deep clean all appliances.
- Clean all windows without a screen in front of it. Wipe out all window sill as well.
- Organize the garage and sweep out any debris.
- Clean the exterior of the home if needed.
- Remember, now is not an appropriate time to start major improvements. Unless necessary, leave all future improvements up to the new buyers.
- Have as much natural lighting as possible. Open curtains and blinds!
- Limit the amount of noise i.e. radios, televisions, etc.
- If possible, leave the house during showings. If you have pets, taking them for a walk or out to run errands with you is great.
- Be easy to reach during showing times!
Remember, your home will not be for every buyer. Creating a lasting first impression is a must! Keep in mind that although your home may not work for a particular buyer, the agent may have other buyer’s that could be interested. Make them keep your home in mind!