My clients often ask me what they can do to give their home an advantage over other homes currently on the market. By making a few small changes, you can give your home the extra ‘oomph’ it needs to attract potential buyers during showings and open houses.
The living room is a centrally located space where people tend to spend a lot of time. As a home seller, you need to make sure that it looks clean and inviting when potential buyers come through during showings and open houses.
– Use an Air Freshener. I suggested using air fresheners in the bedroom, and I suggest it in the living room for the same reasons. The buyer should feel like the space is fresh and airy, and aside from keeping the room clean at all times, using an air freshener is a quick and easy way to add appeal to the area. When choosing a scent, make sure you pick something that isn’t too overpowering or unique.
– Declutter/Keep It Simple. The living room is a very popular space, so it tends to accumulate junk. Make sure that you declutter the room and keep your decorations simple. Remove family photos or anything overly personal. Fewer things in a room also means that the space will be more open and attractive to potential buyers.
– Wash windows. Make sure that your curtains and windows are clean. During daytime showings and open houses, the blinds should be raised with the curtains open, and you don’t want dirty windows on display. Clean windows also let in more natural light, which improves the appearance of a room. Plus it’s one less chore for them to do, and that might appeal to them (which could mean an offer for you).
The living room needs to be open, clean and inviting. It’s a space where people will be spending a lot of time, so you want to make sure that they feel comfortable in that area when they visit your home during a showing or an open house.