Another beautiful weekend is upon us here on the Emerald Coast. Beautiful weekends can be the perfect time to have your home shown to prospective buyers, if you're fully prepared to showcase the home. The idea of impressing potential buyers can be a matter rife with stress, but there are a few things you can do before a viewing to ensure your home is seen in the best light. If you've recently put your house on the market and you're looking for some fast and easy fix-ups, here are a handful of ways you can be sure to create a positive first impression.
Touching Their Senses- Sight, Sound and Smell
It may seem like purchasing a home is all about appearance, but you shouldn't underestimate the power of scent when it comes to the overall impact of your home viewing. Instead of leaving this invisible factor up to chance, consider giving the house a quick light spray with a pleasant scent or even baking something that will be sure to remind potential buyers of the familiar comforts of home. Make sure you don't over do it though, having too much scent may make potential buyers uncomfortable or even sick.
Sound of Home- Sound
In recent years surround sound or speakers throughout the home have become more and more common. If you have a home with built in speakers having soft pleasant music playing can be appealing to prospective buyers. Keep in mind it should be playing very softly so it's not in any way distracting. You want them to take the time to appreciate all your home has to offer. And last but not least, often buyers and their agents are on tight "showing schedules" where they are showing multiple homes. This can lead to a rushed feel. The last thing you want is a prospective buyer not taking the time to take it all in.
Help Them See it as Theirs- Sight
While it won't be necessary to clear away everything of personal value, a large number of photographs in the home can actually remind potential homebuyers that it's not their home and may make them feel like they're a visitor in a place they want to live. By removing the photos that adorn the fridge and the side tables, you can eliminate distractions for potential homebuyers and keep them focused on what the home might come to mean for them.
Clearing Clutter and Cleanliness- Sight
This might seem like the most common sense of points, but it's very important that your house is clean so that viewers can see your home in its best light and will easily be able to imagine themselves living in it. While it's important for giving your house the best possible presentation, it will also make your house look more spacious than it would with a lot of unkempt clutter. As your real estate professional we make it a part of our responsibilities, and values, to assist sellers with this endeavor. It's not uncommon for a seller to not be fully aware of the extent of "clutter" if they've lived in the home for many years. It will fill "normal" to them and may find it difficult seeing the clutter the way a new set of experienced clutter eyes.
Favorite Features- Sight
With potential homebuyers viewing a lot of different houses, having a few key features in your home that will help it stand out from the pack can be a definite benefit. Whether you have a fabulous Jacuzzi in the master bathroom or unique kitchen tiles that you installed yourself, ensuring that these features are noticed, and even accentuated, may help your home stick in the mind of its viewers.
Let there be Light- Sight
Prepare the best lighting scenario. It's a bigger factor than many ever consider. If it's being shown during daylight have blinds or curtains opened to allow in optimal light. Have lights on in "dark areas" so they don't have to hunt for the light switch- closets, laundry rooms and bathrooms are especially important.
Showing your home can be a stressful matter, but a few quick tips can ensure success with potential buyers. If you're curious about other ways to impress viewers of your home, you may want to contact your trusted real estate professional for some valuable insights.
If you'd like to learn about some of my personal "secrets" of how to make your home outshine your competition drop me a message or text and I'll be happy to share. These are secrets I've learned and observed over my 18+ years experience. The simplicity of these secrets might surprise you and can help make the difference in a buyer choosing your home or your competition's home.