One of the most important parts of getting ready to sell your home is ensuring that it is “dressed to impress.” Like in real life, you don’t get a 2nd chance to make a great first impression with a homebuyer. I’ve compiled my list of 6 ways to impress buyers to help you get ready to sell you home.
Hide the Kitschy Stuff and Your Opinions
You want your home to have the broadest appeal as possible when a potential buyer comes for a showing. To make sure you don’t offend anyone, take a look around to see what kitschy items you have that can be packed away. Also, it is recommended that you not display any photos, art, or other items that disclose your religion or political preference. This could turn off buyers and cost you a sale.
It’s Spring Cleaning Time
Selling you house means that you are now a full-time cleaner. You have to be ready for a showing at any time so keeping up the dusting, vacuuming daily, keeping the kitchen clean, etc all become part of your daily life. Also take time to make sure that there is no clutter. Tables, counters, and other surfaces should be cleared and clean so that the spaces look larger. In bathrooms, keep you counters and bathtubs/showers free from personal care items.
Make it Smell Like Home
There’s nothing more amazing than the smell of fresh baked cookies in a house. Many agents ask clients to bake some cookies before showings but that is time consuming. I recommend that my clients put plugin air fresheners with clean, neutral smells in them. It is also a good idea to have different fragrances in different rooms. For example, a “clean linen” scent in the laundry room but a seasonal scent in the kitchen. You don’t want it to be obvious or overpowering, just a subtle delight to tell your house’s story.
Take a close look at your walls. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way to making a house look, feel, and smell newer. Also, get rid of those bold colors. Bold colors don’t have broad appeal and may turn off buyers.
Eliminate Pet Evidence
As a proud pet owner of three dogs and a bird, I know that not everyone shares the love of pets that I do. Many people either don’t like pets or may have allergies. When selling your home, it is important to make sure that the home doesn’t look like a pet lives there. Most importantly, it shouldn’t smell like a pet lives there. Have you best friend, neighbor, or even me come over and give the house sniff test to make sure unwanted pet odors that you may have become accustomed to are gone.
Make Yourself Scarce
When buyers are coming over, go out for a drive, a walk, or do something else. No buyer likes to view a home with the seller looking over their shoulder. Further, the buyer’s agent (and you) want honest feedback from the buyer about the house. If you are there, they may not be as likely to share what they really think which could keep valuable feedback from you.
Those are my top 6 ways to impress buyers when selling your home. If selling your home is something you are looking to do, my team and I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss these and many other ways to impress buyers. Give us a call today direct at 321-250-5222.