When life is already hectic with the responsibilities of life, work, and home, the prospect of putting a home for sale and trying to maintain it ready for showings can cause sellers to get anxious.
If you're planning to sell your house and have been putting it off because of these concerns, the following tips can help you get every area ready for showings while also keeping your stress level in check.
To begin, crack or open the blinds and turn on all of the lights in the house. A potential buyer may be put off by a dark room. If you have time before the showing, make a new pot of coffee or bake a batch of cookies so that the aroma fills the house. Boiling cinnamon sticks can also give off a pleasant aroma! Tune in to a classical or jazz music channel on the radio or television.
Preparing for a showing the right manner may make a big difference in whether a house sells or not, as well as how long it takes. It can also have an impact on the selling price of a home.
From the hardwood floors to the crystal-clear windows to the kitchen counters and toilets, make sure everything sparkles.
Don't forget about the little things, like putting out the garbage, giving the fireplace mantle a final dusting, and making sure all toiletries are stowed away in the medicine cabinet.
As previously stated, first impressions matter a lot. When it comes to a prospective buyer looking at a home, the saying "you never get a second chance to make a good first impression" is quite accurate. The exterior of a home and its "curb appeal" will provide a buyer their first impression. Make sure the lawn is freshly cut, the leaves are racked, and the driveway is shoveled, depending on the season. A buyer who has to walk through two feet of snow to get to the front door will not be pleased! Make sure the yard tools and toys are put away even if it isn't winter. If you have pets, please clean up after them in addition to the tools and toys.
Setting up your home like a professional home stager can be tough, especially if you have pets and/or small children. However, clearing out clutter is a must before showings.
Make sure your throw pillows are fluffed, all blankets are folded and stored, and the stairs are clear of shoes, coats, caps, and mail.
The kitchen is traditionally the biggest selling feature of a home. It is important to ensure that the kitchen is ready for a showing. Take a peek around the kitchen and see if the countertops are free and clear. Ensure that your granite or quartz counter surfaces are not just free and clear, but also "clean enough to eat on."
Is it possible to open the refrigerator door? Some purchasers have a hard time seeing past their "personal" items. It's fine to brag about your child's "A+" on their spelling test, but not when your house is for sale. On the outside of the refrigerator, there should be almost no decoration.
Is the kitchen floor in good condition? It is also necessary to ensure that it is clean. When they tread onto a location where something was spilled previously, a possible buyer will not be impressed.
Think about what you're going to cook the night before or the morning of a showing. The broccoli is healthy, and the bacon is delicious, but the lingering smell may put some people off.
It is not necessary to prepare cookies or a pie every time someone comes to visit, but the house should smell as pleasant as possible. Sellers may minimize odor issues by keeping things clean, but there are also other simple ways to freshen up a home before showing it to potential buyers. Here are a few examples:
Invest on an air purifier.
To recreate the smell of baked products, place a small bit of vanilla in the oven and turn it on.
Ensure that the waste is properly disposed of.
Having a home that smells fresh and clean might show buyers that the homeowners are concerned about the quality of their home, assuring them of the home's condition.
It may be difficult, but pretend you're a prospective buyer and walk through the house.
What appeals to you? Bad? Is there anything unpleasant that stands out or seems out of place?
You won't catch everything, but if something doesn't appear right to you, it's likely that it won't look right to others as well.