On the day of a home showing, there's usually a lot that can be done to prepare your property. Tidying up and making your house more comfortable for visitors can make the showing a more pleasant experience for potential buyers and encourage a quicker sale.
Clean the Floors
Dust bunnies, crumbs and stains can make the home look like it's not very well maintained. Cleaning the floors will help your home make a good impression. Run the vacuum, dry mop or stain treat the carpet as needed. If you have children or a spouse, try to get them out of the house before cleaning your floors, to prevent your loved ones from tracking in dirt after the cleaning is complete.
Clean Kids Rooms
Toys and clothes on the floor can leave visitors with a poor impression of your home. Having the kids clean up their rooms before the home showing can make their space look larger, cleaner and better maintained. Tell kids to keep the closets organized and to clean the space under the bed as well, because buyers might look in both spaces.
Send the Dog To Be With Friends
Dogs can be distracting to home buyers. Some people have allergies to dogs, others have fears. If you have a dog, sending your pet to stay with friends or family during the home showing can help keep the buyer's focus on your house. This advice applies to cats as well as dogs. If your home has a trace of your pet's odor in the air, open your windows and air out your home before your home showing.
Wash and Put Away All Dishes
Dirty dishes can leave an odor in the kitchen. In addition, dirty dishes can distract buyer attention when they're looking at your kitchen. Do not leave any dirty dishes in the sink. Clean out all glasses and mugs, then dry them and put them away.
Set The Perfect Temperature
Some homeowners save money during the winter and summer by setting their thermostat at a slightly less than comfortable temperature. However, when the time comes to show your home to buyers, it's important to ensure that buyers find your home comfortable. Set the temperature at the ideal setting before buyers show up to see your home. Give your home enough time to reach that temperature before buyers arrive.
Set Out Refreshments
Refreshments make your home seem more welcoming. Set out something to drink and munch on to ensure that your home buyers have what they need while they're in your house. If possible, set out seasonal drinks and snacks. For example, put out lemonade in the summer, apple cider in the fall and a warm apple drink in the winter.
Put Away Lawn Tools
It's common for homeowners to leave yard tools in the grass, by the garage, or on the porch after working outside. To keep your home's exterior tidy, scan your lawn for any tools that might have been left out since the last time you cut your grass or tended your flowers. Put everything away before the home showing begins. Having a cluttered yard is never really a good thing–even if you live in an attractive area like South Kelowna.
Work With Your Real Estate Professional
Your real estate professional can help you prepare your home for your first showing. To find out more, talk to your real estate professional today.