» First impressions are huge and often prospective buyers make a decision very quickly.
» Curb appeal is important since many buyers search by themselves and then call agents about property they have only seen from driving by.
» A fresh coat of paint on your house’s exterior and interior is one of the easiest and best improvements you can do to enhance that first impression. It makes your house look bright and clean. If you paint, use whites, creams, or neutral colors on the interior and exterior colors that will flow with the neighborhood. If you don’t paint everything, at least paint the places that can use it most.
» Get rid of clutter. Clutter doesn’t sell and make the home seem smaller. Sometimes clutter can be described also as too many decorations, too much furniture, too much stuff on the mantle, etc.
» Don’t cook fish prior to showing your home. You many not need an air freshener, but you don’t want that first impression to be a bad smell.
» Keep the landscaping trimmed and clean.
» Keep pets out of the house when showing, especially dogs, since it serves as a distraction.
» Open blinds and curtains with natural light so rooms are bright and inviting.
» If your house is shown by an agent it is best that you are not there. If you cannot leave, try to stay outside and allow the agent to work for you. Refrain from attempting to point out special features, or initiating idle chat. There is no need to “show them around.” Buyers are uncomfortable in the presence of sellers (since it’s their home) and usually results in buyers spending less time in the home. Trust the skills of the agent to present your house for you. Prior to showing, discuss with your agent things you would like to convey to the buyer since it is in your best interests.
» Be flexible. Your house could be shown at any time, so be prepared. Agents do everything possible to arrive within a certain schedule, but sometimes this isn’t possible, since they are normally showing other homes as well. They may call at a moment’s notice which means your house should be ready for viewing right away. This eliminates the need to stress out and will help minimize panic.