Getting Ready To Show Your Property
First impressions are important when showing your home to a potential buyer. That buyer has probably already done considerable research on your property and the surrounding neighbourhood. Perhaps he’s already figured out where the closest shops, parks and schools are located. The fact that he is standing at your door tells you that his research revealed something worth looking at. Now it’s up to you to provide the wow factor, to take what the buyer has already seen on paper and bring it to life. Appeal to the buyer’s inner self successfully and you’re on your way to a sale. But, where do you start?
The entryway is the window to your castle. Accent that window with some boldly coloured, scented flowers. Add to the aromatherapy with some cookies baking away in the oven or some freshly brewed coffee. Do you have a bread-maker? Fill it and let that appliance fill the room with its appealing aroma. All of these scents make you house feel more like home. Add some relaxing back-ground music. If children are in the picture, send them outside to play. This creates a family setting but keeps the interior of the home quiet and relaxing.
Keep your home clutter free during the sales process. Adorn the walls with tasteful artwork, but don’t overdo it. The same goes for family photos. Leaving a few out and about generates interest. Having the entire family album on your mantle and side tables makes the room feel crowded. If you have too much furniture in the home, put the excess in storage. Open the drapes to let in natural light and the windows to provide fresh air. If the sunlight isn’t bright enough to showcase your home, strategically placed interior lighting does wonders. A lit fireplace provides added ambiance, just be careful using this approach on a hot day. Make the client feel so comfortable that he starts envisioning your home as his own.
These home showcase strategies are very effective for showings. Done correctly they can make your property stand out, increasing the chance of a quick sale. Sometimes a REALTOR® will schedule a general open house. Agents often bring interested clients to view a home at a moment’s notice. Keeping your home and property neat and well-kept makes you ready for these last minute visits. Just think, that impromptu showing just might result in a sale.
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Listing information last updated on August 18th, 2017 at 1:00pm CDT.