Now that you have decided to sell your home, buyers will be coming to look at it. While you want your home to look its best, it can be overwhelming to think about. Unfortunately, when buyers have multiple homes to select from, as they often do, they will compare your home to others that they look at.
Because of this, it is important for your home to look its best every time someone comes to look at. You never know which buyer might be the buyer who purchases your home. Here are some tips to help you get your home ready for showings.
1. Clean Your Home
Make sure your home shines in every room. Clean your home, and make this a deep clean that gets every corner and crevice. If you don’t have the time to do a deep clean, let me know, and I can recommend a cleaning service to help you.
2. Declutter All Areas of the House
Eliminate the majority of your “stuff” from the surfaces of your home. Your home doesn’t have to be completely empty, but instead of all of your everyday items, focus on a few key pieces that make a statement. You don’t have to get rid of it. Just go ahead and pack it up, and, as a bonus, it will save you time when your home sells and you have to pack everything.
3. Make Necessary Repairs
Go ahead and make the repairs you have been putting off. If you have been ignoring little things around the home, now is the time to fix them. Leaky faucets, burnt out light bulbs, and missing screens will be noticed. Go ahead and fix them now.
4. Make Arrangements for Pets
If you have a pet, we know they are a part of your family, but the person looking at your home doesn’t need to know that. Remove all evidence of your pets before showings and make sure no odors are left behind.
5. Set the Table
Set the dining room table, kitchen table or breakfast bar for a meal. Make it look inviting so buyers can picture themselves using the space in the future.
6. Address Closets and Cabinets
Buyers will look everywhere. That means your closets and cabinets too. They are considering purchasing your home to live in and need to make sure they will have enough space for them. If your closets are stuffed and overflowing, they may feel like your house isn’t big enough for them. Go ahead and clean out and organize all of your storage space. As an added advantage, if you clean out stuff you don’t want anymore, it will save you time down the road when it’s time to move.
7. Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Don’t neglect the outside. The exterior of your home and your yard are your home’s first impression. It needs to look its best. Trim bushes, cut the grass, weed the flower beds, paint the front door, and add fresh flowers. All of these are things that will make your home look nice when buyers come to view it.
8. Leave the Home When Buyers Show Up
When it’s time for someone to look at your home, please leave. They need to feel comfortable to talk openly and take their time without feeling pressure from you being home. Go for a walk, run an errand, or head to a neighbor’s house. Don’t forget to take your pet with you when you leave.
All of these tips will help your home look its best when buyers come to look. Remember, there are always other homes to look at, and making yours look its best will help it stand apart from your competition.