Showing Your Home
Although it can be inconvenient to always have your home looking spiffy and clean—especially for a family with young children or active pets—the time and effort invested will almost always result in more money in your pocket!
Follow this checklist to prepare your listing for showings. Sticking to the plan will make it easier in the long run—and could end up making the “long run” a lot shorter in terms of less time on market!
Buyers often will do a drive-by before taking the time to tour a home. If the exterior isn’t welcoming and lovely, they may just keep driving. Make sure the lawn is freshly cut and walkways are clear. After a storm, take the time to do the tidying-up required. This is true 100% of the time—not just when you have a showing.
Unpleasant odors are a huge turn-off for buyers. Avoid cooking strong-smelling foods such as fish when your home is listed. Open some windows when you are home to keep the air from smelling stale.
Before a showing, make sure that stairs and entryways are clutter-free, and organize closets so they look roomy and well organized. Keep personal items and mail out of sight.
Most potential buyers will spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Make sure floors are not sticky, and counters are clean, shiny and clutter-free. Dishes need to be done and the sink clean.
Are the towels clean and hanging where they should be? Make sure everything is clean and free of drips and the toilet seat is down.
Are the beds made? Are there decorative items in place, like pillows and throw blankets, to give that cozy feel? Again, check for wayward laundry or personal items that you may not want others to see.
Do a quick mop-up of wood or tile floors, and a fresh vacuum of carpets.
Open those blinds and shades and make sure the windows are clean. If you have pets, watch out for those nose smudges!
Don’t wait until the last minute to adjust the thermostat. You want your potential buyers to walk into a comfortable environment—and that means not too hot and not too cold.
Go the Extra Mile
Go through each room of the house checking that the lights are on and the window coverings are open. If there’s a gas fireplace for heat and the weather warrants it, turn it on! Those little touches can go a long way into making your house feel like a home.