Do you currently have your home listed on the market? Here is a helpful checklist with reminders you should always have when showing your property to potential buyers!
- Never Turn Down a Showing
Try your best and accommodate all showings. The showing you declined may have been your buyer!
- Leave the Lights On
Buyers decide within 30 seconds if they like a house. Opening the door to a welcoming and cheery bright room impacts a buyer’s emotions. A room with low light and shadows is a little gloomy, and it makes the buyer hesitate to enter the home.
- Crank Up the Air Conditioner
Make your buyers feel welcome. A hot home will only cut their viewing short, and they may miss the best parts of your home.
- Humor your Neighbors
Neighbors are naturally curious to know all about your home sale. Count them in to show up at an open house. Chances are that someone in the neighborhood knows someone who might be the perfect buyer for your home.
- Stay in Model Home Condition at all Times
The cleaning and de-cluttering never stops. Cooking smells, pet odors, wet towels in the bathroom-all signs of normal life need to go.
- Fido-Can-Cost You-$$$
Please make sure your pet is caged for showings or better yet, take them for a walk during a showing. There are many buyers who don’t like pets or are allergic.
- Tone Down Rooms and Furnishings
It pays to minimize the Star Wars and princess décor- no matter how well-done. Orchid colored walls, music star posters and stuffed animal collections broadcast that you are selling a “used” house. Keep décor and furnishings to a minimum and neutralize as much as possible. Remember you want them to visualize their things in your home and an over decorated home does not allow them to do that.
- Keep Your Things Safe
Don’t create temptation by leaving cameras on the coffee table, diamond earrings on the dresser or prescriptions in the bathroom. You get the picture!
- Don’t Get Sued
Get rid of tripping hazards, like small rugs. Make sure flooring is not loose or uneven particularly on stairs, porches and decks. Pick up toys. Use mats and put towels down when it rains. Shovel ice and snow. Safety First!
- Make Yourself Scarce
Innocent questions from buyers can cost you. If they ask “Who cleans your chimney?” you will have to admit it’s never been cleaned. Chatting with buyers is more likely to hurt the sale than help.
- Don’t Let the Buyers Make You Nuts
Buyers can be inconsiderate and not realize it. They come late for appointments, or they don’t show up at all. They use your bathroom and play with your kids’ toys. They make offhand comments about the home that can hurt the homeowners’ feelings. These will usually show up in feedback after the showing. Don’t take it to heart. Your home will not appeal to every buyer.