You’ve prepped and staged your home to sell, and it’s been listed as active on MLS. The phone calls are coming in from realtors and potential buyers who want to view your home. Here are some steps that will help you to prepare for showing your beautiful home . . .
First, is your curb appeal optimal? To highlight your curb appeal in your back and front yard, do a quick sweep of your front entryway. Is your front door sparkling clean? Are your front walk way and entrance swept clean? Have you picked up all mailers and newspapers? First impressions matter and will be what the potential buyer remembers when reviewing all of the homes they’ve toured.
Second, quickly declutter all of the horizontal surfaces in your home, from the countertops to the floors. Removing all distractions of your personal items is a quick and easy way for buyers to envision themselves in the spaces in your home. Keep a large bin or laundry basket handy before showings, to corral any clutter quickly. You can stash this bin in a closet or even in the garage on your way out of the home.
Third, are your bathrooms and kitchens squeaky clean? Do a quick wipe of your bathroom counters, toilets, kitchen appliances and all mirrors (Windex wipes are fantastic for this), to make these areas sparkle and reflect the light. Cleaning these areas will also help them to smell fresh and clean, and will help your home to stand out from other homes.
Fourth, how does your backyard look? Are all pet droppings picked up? Is your back patio area swept clean? Don’t forget to turn on any water features you may have in your backyard, to show off your pool and/or spa.
Finally, be sure to maximize all of the light in your home by turning on all of the lights in your home and open all of the curtains and blinds on your windows. Potential buyers are drawn to bright, well-lit homes, without exception.
Spending a few extra minutes before a showing to make sure these items are checked off your list will go a long way toward attracting buyers to your home. I can give you more tips specific to your home, but this general checklist is a great start!