You made your house a home. But now it’s time for someone else to enjoy all that it has to offer. So, what’s next?
Making your home appealing for showings doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. Follow these tips for some easy ways to ensure they’ll love your home just as much as you do.
Check the bathrooms
Do a quick run-through of each bathroom. Make sure countertops are clear and wiped down, mirrors are clean, toilets are flushed (and the lids are down) and trash cans are emptied. It’s also a good idea to make sure there is toilet paper in each bathroom – not just an empty roll.
Take out the trash
The bathroom isn’t the only place where an empty trash can makes a difference. Trash that’s been sitting can bring unwanted smells. It can also just look tacky. Do yourself a favor and avoid those dilemmas by making sure trash is emptied beforehand.
Do a quick clean
Taking a few minutes to dust, or to sweep or vacuum your floors, will give your home a little refresh before it’s shown.
Make it smell good
A pleasant aroma is a warm welcome for potential buyers. For a cozy, welcoming smell that’s sure to impress, bake something yummy – like homemade bread or cookies – before a showing or open house. Open some windows to let fresh air in ahead of time, or add some fresh flowers. You could also burn a candle, or use a candle warmer or diffuser for a few hours beforehand.
Take your pets with you
They may love visitors, but leaving your furry friends home during showings isn’t a good idea. You don’t know how others feel about pets, or who might have allergies. And you won’t be there to help your pet feel comfortable with people they don’t know being in their home. Let them stay with a friend or family member, or take them with you for a little adventure while you wait.
Set the temperature
Check the thermostat, and make sure your house isn’t going to be uncomfortably hot or cold for showings. It’s better to set it a little cooler, so you avoid buyers walking around a too-hot house while they’re looking.
Do dishes and laundry
These two chores seem to be never-ending. But, for home showings, it’s best to avoid an overflowing sink and hampers full of dirty clothes.
Clean glass and open blinds
Do a quick wipe-down of glass windows and doors, and then open some blinds to let in natural light.
Straighten up the outside
The first thing buyers see when they get to your home is the outside of it. Declutter your porch or steps, pick up trash, mow your lawn – and be sure to pick up after your furry friends we mentioned earlier. Front and back yards are of interest to potential buyers; so don’t forget about them when prepping for showings.
There is a lot to think about when preparing to sell your home. Hopefully this list takes some of the guesswork out of it, and helps get you on your way to the next step: sold!