Showing a home is like going in for a job interview, it’s your chance at a great first impression! With 9 out of 10 home buyers shopping online, it’s likely that their first look at your home will be digital. Staging your home is key to get professional looking photos and videos that will leave buyers wanting more! As Your Home Connection Team, we understand the stress of preparing your home for such endeavors, which is why we are pleased to offer complimentary photos and videos to ensure the most professional marketing, resulting in lot of showing and selling your home for the most money in the least amount of time. Our photographer website is www.homeshots.biz if you wanted to check her out!
You wouldn’t go into an interview wearing jeans, sneakers and a ball cap would you? Of course not! With a little bit of time and effort, preparing your home for sale can be fun and can greatly increase the appeal to potential buyers. Removing any distractions will allow buyers to focus on the best features of your home, and will help them paint a picture of what their lives could look like if they lived there!
If your home has already hit the market, you have likely already staged and handled any minor repairs or reno, however, maintaining that look can be a challenge. The list below will help you stay on track to make sure your home always makes a great first impression:
- Make sure your lawn is cut & trimmed and the gardens are weeded in the summer and that snow is shoveled in the winter.
- Add some seasonal decorative pots or flowers. This will greatly enhance your curb appeal.
- Pick up outdoor tools such as shovels, rakes, lawn mowers etc.
- Pick up after your pets.
- Remove any obstructions from curb view, i.e. garbage and recycling bins.
- Clear driveways and walkways.
- Remove any seasonal decorations promptly.
INSIDE THE HOME
- Open curtains and blinds to let natural light flood in.
- Turn on the lights for evening showings.
- Turn on your fireplace (if applicable) to create a cozy atmosphere.
- Set the home to a comfortable temperature – if your home is too hot or too cold the buyers may think there is a problem with the heating or air conditioning.
- Make sure all noisy radios and TV’s are turned off. Contrary to what you may have been told, loud music is distracting to the buyers and may hinder their ability to talk to each other during the showing.
- Make sure rugs are clean and straight.
- Empty waste baskets.
- Clean off counters by putting away dishes and small appliances in the kitchen.
- Put away toiletries in the bathroom and ensure that the sink, toilet and showers are clean, and the toilet seat is down.
- Pick up dirty clothes.
- Make sure all beds are made.
- Deodorize pet areas and tidy up any toys or pet bedding. Be careful not to ‘over-deodorize’ or buyers may think that you are trying to hide something.
- Do a “once-over” cleaning: vacuum, sweep, dust.
Showings and open houses provide opportunities for buyers to view your property and get a sense of what it is like to live there. Ideally, you will want them to be impressed by what they see – and motivated to make an offer.
When it comes to scheduling, We coordinate with you to select days and times that are as convenient as possible. Obviously, we encourage you to be as flexible as you can, as that will enable more buyers to see your property. Weekends and evenings, in particular, are popular for viewings.
Don’t worry about all the details. I take care of all aspects of scheduling viewings, as well as planning and hosting open houses.
We realize viewings and open houses can be a little inconvenient. As your real estate agents, We will do our best to minimize the disruptions. We will focus on bringing in serious buyers, rather than those who are merely curious. This speeds up the process and increases the likelihood of a buyer seeing your property, becoming interested, and making an offer.