Your home is for sale. Congratulations!
As a seller, you probably will stress every day to keep your home clean. I have been there. It is not as easy as it seems, especially when you still occupy the home, or you have kids or pets. You have to stay ahead of the mess. Every. Single. Day.
It happens, what you’ve been waiting for: your real estate agent schedules a showing.
Simply *cleaning* is not enough. What more can you do to be sure that the time you spend before a home showing (prepping, cleaning, gathering up kids/pets and leaving for a few hours) is worth it?
Try out these 3 tips to drive up your potential buyers’ positive impressions:
1. Hide away all dirty laundry, clutter & garbage.
2. Put away most of your family’s pictures.
3. Bring out the good scents.
Let’s take a closer look at these…
Number 1. Hide away all dirty laundry, clutter & garbage.
When you are used to living in your home, you may not be thinking about the way others may like to live, or see the way you live, relative to cleanliness. A filled laundry hamper or overflowing garbage will likely be off-putting and gross to potential buyers. View your home with different, scrutinizing, eyes. Look for the most effective ways to de-clutter shelves, surfaces, and floor. Limit small knick-knacks, even if they are your favorite items.
Number 2. Put away most of your family’s personal photographs.
Potential buyers should be able to easily feel comfortable and welcome in your home. If there are any personalized photographs or artwork that detract from the buyer feeling that this could be their “home”, you may lose them on the first look. HGTV agrees. Check out this article.
Number 3. Bring out the good scents.
This one may be one of the MOST valuable tips you can receive when preparing to show your home. No matter how perfectly pristine your home may appear, a nasty smell will completely shut you down. Pet owners and parents with small children should be especially conscious of smells that you may have grown accustomed to, but home buyers are not. Eliminate ALL signs and smells of pets or stinky diapers. Have freshly-baked cookies on the counter, with a note that states, “please take one, thank you for visiting our home,” spray every room with a gentle air freshener, or simmer seasonal potpourri on the stove prior to the showing (turning off the burner before leaving). Here are 15 yummy home scent tips from “Homestead and Survival”.
These tips will take some time, energy and effort, but it could mean the difference between a sale, enabling you to move on to your new home, or having to fight your way through dozens more showings that only end in disappointment.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope this article was helpful to you. Sincerely, Heather Johnson
Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Influence Partners in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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