Before You Show Your Home
You’ve gotten your house in top shape and it’s listed for sale. When you get the call that someone would like to view your home, Stephens Real Estate has a few tips for making the visit a pleasant and memorable experience for the potential buyer.
A tidy house is very important, and even with only a few minutes before prospective buyers arrive, you have time to straighten up a bit. Make sure beds are made, empty all garbage cans and take the garbage outside, put up your “show” towels and close all toilet seats. Grab a laundry basket – throw all of the clutter into it and put the basket into your car. And finally, wipe down countertops and sinks with a damp cloth.
Your house should smell fresh. You may want to bake a loaf of bread or a batch of cookies to add a wonderful and inviting scent. One of our favorite things: an essential oil diffuser. You can buy a variety of nice scents, some of which even boast health benefits like relaxation. Who wouldn’t want potential buyers to feel relaxed during a showing?
Let the sunshine in and make your house feel bright and cheery by opening curtains and blinds. This is especially important if you have a nice view. Natural light and a nice view of the outdoors will create a happy, illuminated space making any room appear bigger and more desirable.
Turn on the lights. You want to let natural light fill your rooms, but also remember to turn on the lights throughout your home. Overhead lights, lamps and even lighting in closets and the laundry room will make it easier for the agent to show your home. Potential buyers shouldn’t have to search for light switches.
Keep the temperature at an appropriate level. You want people to feel comfortable and confident that the house’s systems are in good working order, so turn on that heat when it’s cold outside. Now is not the time to worry about the utility bill. Same goes during the summer months. Turn up the air to keep things cool.
Always, always leave. After you’ve worked hard making your home sellable and memorable, please leave and let the Realtor® do his or her job. If you, your kids or your pets are there, potential buyers may feel uncomfortable. You don’t want them wishing their way out the door instead of enjoying looking at your home.
It’s a great time to sell and we’re ready to help. Your Stephens agent can give you great advice on preparing your home for today’s market. If you’re interested in listing your home, call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.