It seems like there are so many rules to showing a home. How can you tell, what the most important rules are? We’ve compiled a list or “Ten Commandments” to help you get your home in ship shape before a showing.
1. Thou Shall Not Be Present
A seller should not be at a home showing. A seller who shows up to their home showing gets in the way of the buyer, the real estate agent, and the sale.
2. Thou Shall Not Create Messes Thou Can’t Clean Up
When trying to sell your house, don’t create a mess you can’t easily clean up. This includes home maintenance projects like tiling, as well as DIY projects that you don’t know how to do. An unprofessional paint job or a light switch in the bathroom that turns on a light in the living room will not impress anyone.
3. Thou Shall Not Leave Animals in the House
Whether it’s your pet or an unexpected critter roaming your house, animals need to be gone during a home showing. Not everyone wants pets, and no one wants to meet your garden snake.
4. Thou Shall Have Necessary Information Ready
Buyers look at a lot of houses, before deciding on the one. To make sure they remember yours create a flyer that includes information about pricing and the layout of the house.
5. Thou Shall Remove Photos
People are trying to picture themselves in your home, and it’s going to be hard to do that with your children staring up at them from photo frames. While we recommend removing all photos, at least take the time to remove any distracting ones like those of your bare pregnant belly.
6. Thou Shall Trust Thy Real Estate Agent
If you can’t trust your real estate agent to do his or her job, then you shouldn’t have hired them. It’s important to remember that a good real estate agent wants what’s best for you and will try to get you a fair price. However, that’s going to be a lot harder to do if you won’t take their advice.
7. Thou Shall Properly Light Thy house
Dark or dimly lit houses do not attract buyers. Certain homes take longer to light up fully. If this is your house, take the time to turn on the lights early before a showing.
8. Thou Shall Clean
Dirty and cluttered homes do not sell. Buyers can’t picture themselves in these types of houses, and if it’s filthy, they won’t want to anyway.
9. Thou Shall Get Rid of Bad Smells
Smells like fried bacon, fish, and cigarette smoke can turn off buyers in a hurry. Sellers are often immune to the smell, but if you think you might have this problem, don’t buy air fresheners, take the time to paint and clean the carpet as well.
10. Thou Shall Hide Personal Information
Finally, you should put all personal information in a safe or remove them from your home. Buyers are nosey, and not all of them are honest. To protect your home, make sure to remove any personal information.
Selling your home fast depends heavily on how well it does in a showing. You can ensure your home shows well by following the “Commandments” above.
Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/