Showing the House
Selling a home is all about the convenience of the buyers. The market is flooded with homes for sale and few buyers will be willing to wait on your schedule when they could just as simply move on to another house that is ready to be shown. It is for that reason that you should strive to keep your home "show worthy" at all times. Here are some tips.
- Let your agent put up a lock box - This is very important. A lock box will make it easier for other agents to show your home at convenient times. Without one, agents will have to schedule appointments and many will simply not bother with the inconvenience.
- Don't be home - It may sound harsh, but most buyers do not want to see your house while you are around. It provides a certain awkwardness that many would much rather avoid entirely. Most agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice before they show your house. Try to find something else to do during that time. Go out to eat, take the dogs to the park, go see a movie, or just take a walk around the neighborhood. Let the buyers view your home on their own and form their own judgements. And if you have to be there, please, don't offer up any information unless asked.
- Turn on the lights - When you know your home is about to be shown, go around and turn on all the lights - all the lights. In every room, inside and out, turn them all on. A house will always look more cheerful, biggerÂand inviting with all the lights on.
- Fragrances - It is very important that your home smells as nice as possible. Try to avoid using spray air fresheners. Not only are they too obvious, but buyers may be allergic to them. Instead, stick with potpourri or something with a natural scent. While it is not necessary to make freshly baked bread before a showing, a faint smell of cooking offers a great degree of comfort to a home, especially in the kitchen. Try turning on your stove burner for a moment and putting a drop of vanilla extract onto it - it will give you that faint smell of cooking.
- Pet control - If possible, bring the pets somewhere else during a showing. Forcing agents and buyers to deal with loose pets in the home can be a hassle for them, and keep the pets locked up can make a room off-limits to curious buyers. Also, loud barking dogs will distract buyers from focusing on your home. If the pets must stay home, try to keep them as out of the way as possible, place a sign on the door and inform the agent ahead of time.
- Kitchen trash - Empty whatever trash cans you have in your house, especially the kitchen. People want to view your home as if no one is living in it, and having trash around does not send a positive message to a buyer.
- Keep the house clean and tidy - It may seem obvious, but keep your house as clean and tidy as possible while it is on the market. Even if you don't normally make your bed everyday, learn to. When someone comes to show your house, you want it to look perfect each and every time.
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