• November 3, 2018

8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Show


8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Show

First impressions can be a make or break situation for many people, especially when it comes to real estate showings. It is not only important to satisfy the standards of potential buyers during the showing of the home, but also at the moment they arrive on the property. The better you are at making them feel “at home” the more likely they will consider making that their home. Here are 8 tips to help you prepare for a showing and sell your house successfully.

1. Focus on Landscaping

The outside and the landscape of a home plays a huge role in its physical appearance. It is what potential buyers see before they step out of the car to look. Plant some flowers, trim the bushes, and mow the lawn for a more pristine appearance.

2. Make the Entrance Welcoming

Repaint the door or its frame, or purchase a new door handle. You may also want to consider purchasing a welcome mat to emit an inviting setting for your buyers. Make them believe that this could be their potential, permanent home.

3. Check for Needed Repairs

Selling your house can be competitive, so make sure it is in top condition. Check for any signs of holes in the walls, chipped paint, cracked windows, broken cabinets, or leaks in the roof. Some of these may be minor, but they have the ability to discourage potential buyers.

4. Deep Clean. Everywhere.

In the real-estate business, the first impression is the last impression for buyers that visit multiple homes in a day or a week. Make your home stand out from competitors by cleaning thoroughly. Polish all appliances, ceiling fans, floors, faucets, countertops, tables, and windows, and don’t stop until they shine.

5. Clear Out Any Personal Items and Clutter

No matter how wonderful you think your child’s drawing is, it’s going to have to come off the fridge. The same thing goes for your family photos and other knickknacks. Rent a storage unit to help you remove and reorganize the extra clutter. Keep decorations simple and minimal. This enables buyers to envision their own furniture and belongings into your home.

6. Eliminate Any Lurking Odors

Try to avoid cooking anything in your home when you are close to a showing date and remove all trash or any food that could be hiding under the couch. You won’t sell your home if the foul smell from last night’s dinner is still lurking in the garbage. This can give people a negative browsing experience and drive them away.

7. Set the Scene

Add a few items to the rooms to help buyers visualize what they would be doing and how they would feel if they were living in the home. You can place a coffee mug and a book on the small table in the living room, or add a cutting board and a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen. Doing these small tasks helps give the house some life and purpose.

8. Bring in the Nature

If there’s an empty corner in a room, or if you want to accentuate a feature, plants can do the job for you. Adding potted greenery or a vase with flowers can give life and add a pleasant pop of color. It can also improve the overall look of the house.

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 813-908-7293 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/