Make your home inviting when you list it to sell.
Make your home inviting when you list it to sell. That makes sense, right? But, how do you do that? If you are still living in your home, there are many ways to make your home inviting, but let me give you my favorite simple inexpensive ways to do it.
- Make sure you have the lights on when a potential buyer shows up. Light is always your friend. You want to set the mode for a buyer to feel like he/she is coming in from the day.
- Have paddle fans on low to move air and keep the rooms comfortable.
- Make sure it’s clean and smells fresh. No incense. No burning scented candles. No air fresheners unless they are extremely faint. A clean smell is better than a perfumed smell. You don’t want it to smell like bleach, but you want it to smell fresh and clean.
- Leave a music channel on your stereo (do people still have those) or on your TV as background noise. Keep it to something smooth and soothing like a smooth jazz or classical (especially strings, no vocals) station. You don’t want it to be loud, but you want it to be noticeable.
- Make sure the bathrooms have fresh towels neatly folded over their towel bars.
- Make the beds and stage them with throw pillows.
- Keep your closets neat and arranged. Shoes in order. Clothes neatly hung. Shelves should not disheveled, but arranged orderly.
- Make sure your dresser drawers are closed with no clothes hanging out.
- In the kitchen, keep the counters clean and free of unnecessary items. Keep the cabinets closed and neat inside. Buyers may open them to see what the inside is made of.
- Leave a list of upgrades on the kitchen counter so buyers will know right away how you cared for your home.
- You may also want to leave a list of when your systems were replaced or serviced. A water heater, furnace, roof or other big-ticket item is always a concern for a buyer. If you’ve maintained those items regularly, or if you’ve replaced them recently, let the buyer know that.
- Keep a bowl of snacks available for buyers to enjoy. Make it simple like mini-candy bars, mints or some sort of hard candy. Avoid cracker type treats. Leave a welcoming note encouraging the buyers to enjoy a snack.
- Put sports equipment away, and freshen sports clothes, bags and shoes to avoid unnecessary odors. I have two sons, and I can tell you that some of those sport clothes, bags and shoe smells could send a buyer running out of a house.
You can see how simple it can be to make your home inviting. It doesn’t have to be a big financial investment. You want the buyers to feel welcome when they walk through the door. You want them to imagine coming home after a day away and sensing the comfort of being home. Make your home inviting, and it will sell. When you’re ready to sell, give your Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., agent a call. We are your local real estate sales pros.