How To Prepare For A Showing
When your home is on the market and you're hoping for the best price, it is important to do everything in your power to make the best impression on potential buyers. Here are several tips to help you prepare.
Make yourself Scarce!
Let the agent sell your home. If you are not there, the prospects can talk openly with the agent, who is well-versed in handling objections and calming nerves.
Your pets should not be seen or heard while prospects are viewing your property.
Let There Be Light!
Turn on all lights, overheads and lamps. Make sure you have replaced all burned out bulbs. Open all curtains and window shades to provide a cheerful atmosphere.
Turn off all television sets, radios and stereos. If you have window air conditioners on, make sure they are on low so that that noise is not distracting.
Keep it Clean
Your property must be clean and tidy at all times. All beds must be made, all dishes in the dishwasher. All wood surfaces should be dusted, all floors swept and mopped. Carpets must be clean and vacuumed. Fingerprints need to be removed from the walls, windows, and any glass surfaces. Your kitchen and bathroom, especially, need to sparkle.
Make it Neat
All closets should be clean and neat. Excess clothing, shoes, linens or toiletries should be packed away. Garages, storage areas, tool houses and attics should also be straightened up. Pick up all children's' and pets' toys and put them away. Clutter will make your property look smaller.
Create Curb Appeal
The outside of your property needs to be as appealing as the inside. Keep the landscaping trimmed and neat. Remove any toys or tools.
Little Things Mean A Lot!
Consider adding mirrors to walls to give the impression of more light and space. Make sure all appliances and plumbing are in good working order. Remove any personalized items (like door knockers) and any light fixtures that will not be sold with the property.
If you put some thought and effort into putting your properties best foot forward before it is shown the first time, you will certainly impress potential buyers.