Taking the time to prepare for showings can make the difference between a home staying on the market or selling quickly. With a little time and effort, you can make sure that your home is in perfect condition during showings and that it makes a good impression on every person who walks through the door.
Here are a few ways to make sure that your home looks its best when a prospective buyer comes through.
1. Remove personal objects like photos, trophies, or anything with personal information on it. Doing this is a good idea for two reasons. The first being that buyers want to imagine themselves in your home and that can be difficult with photos of your family all over the place. The second reason is for your own security. While you hope that everyone walking through your home has good intentions, you never know if someone has an eye out for personal information that they can steal.
2. Make sure that your pets are confined during showings. You love your pets, but you never know if someone has an aversion or an allergy to animals. Having dogs and cats roaming around during a showing can also be distracting. Instead of focusing on the features of your home, you could end up with people focused on the cat trailing them while they walk around.
3. Make sure that there are no odors in the home while you’re showing. Odors are one of the biggest problems buyers tend to have with homes that they see. If your home is beautiful but it smells like an ashtray, that’s going to be off-putting to a lot of people, especially because they know that they’ll have to deal with the smell after you leave. If your home is on the market, smoke outside, take out the trash, and handle pet problems immediately.
4. Make beds and tidy rooms before showings. Junky spaces are less appealing. Make an effort to make sure that every room is tidy and that it shows off the potential of the space.
5. Open the blinds or turn on lights to showcase the space. If the showing is during the day, open the blinds to let in as much natural light as you can. If the showing is at night, turn on the lights so that the space isn’t dark and people aren’t fumbling around for a light switch. First impressions make a big impact, and lighting can greatly affect how a person feels about a home.
6. Ask for showing feedback, and make adjustments as necessary. Ask your real estate agent to request and share any feedback they receive from the showings. If you keep getting comments about one particular part of your home, consider making a change.
Putting in a little extra effort to ensure that your home is in the best possible condition when you show it is one of the easiest ways to bring in a good offer quickly. The first few weeks of a home being on the market are the most important. People typically won’t go back through a home if it isn’t in good condition, so don’t wait and hope that someone will overlook a mess instead of addressing it in the beginning. Imagine how you’d want a home to look if you were a buyer, and show your home with that in mind. Good luck!