So you’ve listed your home and your Farmer & Company Real Estate agent has called and there is a potential buyer wanting to look at your home. What are some must-dos when your house is going to be shown?
- Clean! Nothing turns off a client more than a dirty home. Don’t just vacuum, mop and dust. Make sure your appliances are clean, the sink is clean (put away all the clean dishes and don’t leave any dirty dishes), put out clean towels in the kitchen and bathrooms, clean the mirrors, toilets, showers & tubs. Make all the beds, pick up dirty laundry and put toys away. You may even want to put out decorative towels in the kitchen & bathrooms.
- Make arrangements for pets. All family members should be gone when your home is shown and that includes the 4 legged family members too. Pets can be a turn off to a potential buyer. Try to make arrangements for your pet, whether its a dog, cat, snake, gerbil, etc., when your house is being shown. Some potential buyers or their children who may be with them during the showing, may be scared of particular types of animals. Or they may be allergic. It can be difficult to make arrangements for pets when you’re not given much notice before a showing. If this is the case, be sure to let the agent know when they call you to set up the appointment. Litter boxes need to be kept clean to control pet odor and you might consider putting the litter box and food & water bowls away so they are out of sight when your house is shown.
- Keep the yard maintained. Mow your lawn on a regular basis, keep weeds pulled, water flowers regularly and trim shrubs & bushes. Keep hoses put away as well as toys. Often times potential buyers do “drive bys” on their own before setting up showing appointments so you always want the exterior, as well as the interior in tip top shape. You want to make a great impression when a potential buyer sees your home.
- Unless its trash day, keep your trash cans out of sight, maybe in the garage or a storage building.
- Get a second opinion – Call that blunt, tell-it-like-it-is friend and have them come to your home and take a walk-through. Over time we become immune to smells & odors that linger in our homes. You need a neutral third party who won’t just tell you what you want to hear. Don’t be offended if you don’t like what they have to say. Remember the goal is to sell your home and they’re just trying to help.
- Home stagers always recommend “de-personalizing” your home. Not only do you want potential buyers to visualize themselves living in the house but you don’t want them to see personal information. Try to make counters, shelves, and tables free of clutter.
- Shut off computers and electronic devices. Again, you don’t want potential buyers to see your personal information.
Here are even more tips for how to prepare your home to be sold. Tips to Sell Your Home and More Tips to Sell Your Home. If you’re ready to list your home, give us a call at Farmer & Company Real Estate and we’ll help you every step of the way. Call us at 618-524-3000.