Showing Your Home

The saying "First Impressions are Lasting Impressions" holds true, especially when it comes to selling your home. The exterior of your home sets the stage for how potential buyers will perceive the interior. Here are some practical tips to make your home more inviting without the need for fancy landscaping:

  1. Welcome Them In: Ensure your front entrance is clean and inviting. A little TLC and organization can go a long way.

  2. Front Door Facelift: If your front door is faded or worn, think about giving it a fresh coat of paint or replacing it to create a welcoming atmosphere. Wear and tear is your enemy.

  3. Spruce Up the Exterior: Don't forget the details. Add a touch of paint to shutters, trim, and any other exterior features showing signs of wear and tear.

  4. Greenery Magic: Add some vibrant plants and fresh mulch to enhance the overall curb appeal. If you have overgrown bushes, trim them back. If you have no greenery, a few potted plants will do the trick!

Accentuating the Positive: Transforming Your Interior

Selling a home often requires showcasing it differently from how we live in it day-to-day. With a fresh perspective, you can maximize the appeal of each room:

  1. Let the Light In: Keep windows and floors clean to allow natural light to flood your home.

  2. Wallpaper: Generally, wallpaper is seen as outdated these days. If you have the means, stripping the wallpaper and opting for a neutral paint color can work wonders.

  3. Fix Up Woodwork: Attend to worn woodwork to maintain a polished look.

  4. Neutralize with Paint: Repaint scarred or dirty walls in neutral colors to create a clean canvas for potential buyers.

  5. Flooring Matters: Steam clean or replace carpets as needed to present a pristine appearance.

  6. Attention to Detail: Tackle minor flaws like loose knobs, sticking doors, and other issues that may catch a buyer's eye. You want everything to look and feel great! Something as simple as a loose knob or wobbly kitchen cabinet door leaves a cheap impression.

  7. Bathroom TLC: Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers for a fresh look.

  8. Deep Clean: Doing a deep clean or hiring a cleaner to make your home look and smell fresh will go miles. People love it when your home looks and smells great.

Let There Be Light: Illuminating Your Space Strategically

Strategic lighting can work wonders in setting the right mood and highlighting the best features of each room:

  1. Natural Light is Key: During daytime showings, open draperies and curtains to let in natural light.

  2. Bypass Overhead Lighting: Avoid harsh overhead lighting that can make rooms feel flat and lifeless.

  3. Lamp Magic: Get creative with lamps to make smaller rooms appear larger and larger spaces feel cozier.

  4. Highlight Living Areas: Use lighting to draw attention to the key "living areas" in your home, like a cozy reading nook or a charming breakfast table.

Inside: Declutter and Freshen Up

  1. Less is More: Clear unnecessary objects from furniture, focusing on groupings of 1, 3, or 5 items for a polished look.

  2. Kitchen Cleanup: Keep kitchen countertops clutter-free and store items not in regular use.

  3. Bathroom Essentials: In the bathroom, keep only essential items on countertops and coordinate towels to one or two colors.

  4. Furniture Shuffle: Rearrange or remove furniture to create a sense of space in each room.

  5. Art of Wall Decor: Review and reorganize wall decor, patching and painting if needed.

  6. Freshen Up: Consider painting rooms that need it and refreshing carpets and drapes.

  7. Let There Be Light (Again): Leave on lights and lamps during showings to create an inviting atmosphere.

The Great Outdoors: Enhancing Your Home's Curb Appeal

  1. Landscaping Touch-Up: Trim landscaping to showcase architectural details and ensure a clear view of your home.

  2. Garage Cleanup: Move any clutter, like garbage cans or extra materials, into the garage.

  3. Roof and Gutters: Check for dry rot and ensure gutters and roofs are clean and in good condition.

  4. Plants Under Control: Keep plants from blocking windows and maintain them to prevent overgrowth.

  5. Lawn Love: Keep the lawn well-maintained and consider fertilizing it for a lush appearance.

  6. Patio and Deck: Clear small items from patios or decks to create a tidy outdoor space. And don't forget to give it a quick sweep or even pressure wash!

In General: View It Through the Buyer's Eyes

Try to see your home as a buyer would, and invest time and effort in these improvements. The return on investment is not only financial but also in a faster sale.

Quick Showing Checklist: Be Prepared in Minutes

Sometimes, you'll get a last-minute showing request. Here's a checklist for these situations:

  1. Sound Check: Turn off the TV and tune in to some soft music at low volume.

  2. Brighten Up: Illuminate every room with open blinds during the day.

  3. Pleasant Scents: Create a cozy atmosphere by heating pastries in the oven or adding a few drops of vanilla to a hot pan.

  4. Kitchen Cleanup: Wipe kitchen counters and place dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

  5. Bathroom TLC: Wipe bathroom counters and flush and close toilets.

  6. Living Spaces: Tidy up living areas by hiding magazines, newspapers, and games.

  7. Bedroom Appeal: Straighten beds and conceal clutter under them.

  8. Exterior: Clear outdoor clutter and keep walkways clear.

  9. Pets: Send them outside to minimize distractions, or better yet, take them with you.

  10. Goodbye, for Now: Remember, buyers need to envision themselves in the space, so it's best if you're not around. Your absence can make all the difference. So if at all possible, let them tour the home without you there.