|10 Tips for Home Showing When Selling
While the look and condition, as well as the price, are certainly important factors to
buyers when they are considering a home to purchase, some of the best motivators occur within the
actual showing of the home. Take a look at a few tips below.
- Remember that you are not just selling a home; you are selling a way of living. Set the stage.
Help the prospective buyers envision themselves living in the home. Artistically arrange some sliced
vegetables and fruits on a cutting board in the kitchen. Add some bath mats and fragrant guest soaps
in the bathroom. Place a stack of fluffy towels, in a neutral shade, by the bathtub.
- Slip a sheet of cookies into the oven about half an hour before the actual showing and put on
a pot of coffee. The smell of warm, home made cookies and aromatic coffee wafting throughout a home
really helps to create a vision of hominess and family.
- Open all the blinds and curtains to allow natural light into the home. Clean the windows,
inside and outside, until they sparkle. This gives an open, airy feel to the rooms.
- Turn on the radio or pop in a CD. Music relaxes buyers and sets the atmosphere.
- Be available and flexible. If a prospective buyer wants to see the property on the weekend
or during the evening, be willing to accommodate them. Some prospective homebuyers want to see a
house twice; once during the day and once a night. Look at this as an opportunity to show
off the assets of the property.
- If you're showing a house at night, make sure you arrive at the house before the buyers.
Have lights on throughout the house and turn on the exterior lighting. This strategy will allow the
buyers to see what a welcoming appearance the home can have at the end of a long day.
- Make sure the house is sparkling clean and clutter free. If you have just finished renovating
the house, don't show it until you've had time to remove drop-cloths, tools, paint cans, etc. Buyers
want to see a house they can imagine themselves living in; they don't want to see the evidence of
what it might have looked like before the renovation.
- Budget into your selling cost the price for setting up some rental furniture in the home. Keep
in mind that anytime you tour a contractor's display home, it is never vacant. Add enough furniture
throughout the house to make it appear as though someone really lives there, just be sure it doesn't
end up looking cluttered.
- Check every light fixture in the house before you show the property to prospective buyers.
Place extra bright bulbs in the kitchen and the bathroom. These are the two main areas buyers expect
to be able to see well.
- Add some fresh flowers on the kitchen table and another vase in the entryway. Nothing makes a
place feel more welcoming.
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