Tips for a successful showing so that you can sell your home quickly!

Dated: November 25 2020

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When you show your house,you strive to portray it in the best possible light so customers will be able to picture themselves living there and be willing to purchase it. Since buying a home can be a decision based more on emotion than on rationality, by engaging all five senses, try to make your home attractive to potential buyers.

Clean (and Clear) the House

Be sure to clean your home from top to bottom before you open your doors for an open house or a showing. It's easier to do the job yourself, particularly because you'll want to keep the house in tip-top shape for as long as you have it on the market, but if there's too much on your plate, hiring a cleaning company will take the pressure off.

Clear the clutter: When they step in the front door, the first thing the customers can see should not be stacks of papers or belongings. Leave clear or tastefully styled tabletops, counters, and other flat surfaces (with a vase of flowers, perhaps).

Walls, ceilings and cobwebs: Allowing cobwebs and dust to accumulate on ceiling fan blades or in disused corners is all too easy. Make sure the light fixtures are also tested for dead bugs. While you may skip washing the walls, your buyers will notice dirt and handprints.

Floors: Be careful to leave your floors shining, especially if they have not been replaced in a while or if the home has pets. To take care of leftover dirt or odors, steam cleans the carpets. If you have carpeting, vacuum in one direction and don't step on it again, without trying, vacuum lines in the plush would show good treatment.

A Gracious Welcome

It's time to throw open the doors once your home is clean and free of clutter and invite buyers to take a look. Even though the buyers are tourists, you want them to imagine owning your house. Don't make them feel like intruders-do what you can to make your property a nice one.

First impressions: Start with your appeal for curbs. Pay particular attention to the front porch or stoop and the landscaping that leads to the front entrance. Make sure that the walk is perfectly swept, the porch is welcoming, and that no toys or yard equipment are scattered about. Be sure to illustrate routine care and maintenance for any potted flowers or plants. The scene can be set with a wreath on the door or tidy furniture on a porch or balcony.

Leave the house: You will be tempted to follow the customers and clarify updates, facilities, or features. Don't do that stuff. The buyer is not going to talk about the house in front of you or about the doors opening up with you standing there. You and your family can go for a drive, get a coffee, visit the park, just get out of the house so that you can relax and consider your future buyer.

Set a Comfortable Temperature

Your aim is to build an environment that is inviting, so pay attention to your climate systems. On a cold day a cold house or a stuffy house on a hot day won't paint the picture you want customers to see, making them uncomfortable, not to mention wondering whether your heating or cooling systems are in disrepair.Your aim is to build an environment that is inviting, so pay attention to your climate systems. On a cold day a cold house or a stuffy house on a hot day won't paint the picture you want customers to see, making them uncomfortable, not to mention wondering whether your heating or cooling systems are in disrepair.

Turn the Lights up

Brighten up the interior and exterior of your home so that customers can clearly see the features of your house.

Switch on all lights: overhead lights, lamps, even turn on lights for appliances and cupboard lights. Especially after dark, be sure the porch light is on; solar lights are also a pleasant touch along your walkway. 

Open all the curtains and lift all the blinds: let the sun shine in. If the show is during the day it will let as much light in as possible and will make the house look welcoming from the street if the show is after dark.

Brighten dark rooms: The positioning of strategic lamps will make the space feel more bright and inviting. If required, add another lamp (or two!).

Creating an Atmosphere 

For buyers, staging your home means setting a mood, building an environment that they want to be part of. If it's romantic, soothing, or thrilling, play up your home's best features by setting the mood. Help your future buyers imagine themselves in your house living their dream life.

Switch soft music on: You can too, just as shops use gentle music to create a comfortable shopping experience. Keep the tunes unobtrusive for a general audience and relevant. 

Encourage touch: A strong emotional stimulus may be touch. Drape sensuous fabrics over the chair arms and sofa backs, such as velvet covers, chunky knit blankets, or silk throws.

Sparingly Use Fragrance 

To ensure a fresh scent in your home, a thorough scrubbing should be all you need.

Put the spray away: Many people are sensitive to chemical scents and deodorizers or even allergic to them so don't use room sprays or plug-in air fresheners. For the very same reason, don't burn candles or spritz perfume. 

Use fresh air: Open the windows to let in a breeze when the weather permits to prevent your house from smelling old. Just be alert, such as heavy traffic, for noisy noises from outside.

Encouraging reviews from buyers 

When trying to sell a house, feedback from visitors can be extremely helpful, especially if they let you know anything that would be a simple change before the next buyer stops by. Ensure that customers can leave timely, confidential feedback-as you tailor your offering forward, it will be invaluable, and anonymity makes it more likely that a potential customer will offer their thoughts.

Ask questions: As for their overall perceptions, how your home compares with others, even their price perception, you should inquire. Don't too personally take their responses. Alternatively, use them as essential data points as you refine the way you stage and market the property.

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