What do Buyers See During Showings?
Everybody wants to see fresh flowers and clean baseboards. But while the small things are important we all know that those aren’t the first details potential buyers notice during showings. Here are six simple tricks that go a long way to pleasant showings.
1. Pay attention to curb appeal. Unkempt yards and having to wade through a foot or two of snow is not enticing to buyers! Be sure to remove any dog droppings, too. While buyers with pets might understand, those without could be turned off.
2. Clean flat surfaces including floors/carpets, sinks, counters, and toilets. The human eye is attracted to things that are different than the surroundings. Your goal is to remove anything large and obvious that draws attentions away from the surroundings. Stains, junk, food bits, etc., must go.
3. Offer clean bathrooms with a fresh roll of toilet paper and fresh hand towels. We all understand the importance of sparkling clean bathrooms. Let’s be frank; toilet paper and hand towels have absolutely nothing to do with your house. But do you want buyers fleeing your property because nature calls? Or worse, do you want them associating your house with physical discomfort?
4. Handle pet hair, odors, and bowls. Some people love pets and other people do not. While you can never offend anybody with a home that is fresh and free of pet odor and hair, it is easy to turn off buyers with allergies and sensitive noses. If you own a cat or a dog, ask a friend without pets to come over to give their honest opinion about whether you have pet odors or hair issues. They will notice things that you do not. Be sure to clean up all hair and to deodorize the house.
5. Check on your lighting. Some lighting is just too yellow or gives rooms the wrong look. This is especially common when artificial light mixes with the wrong paint color. Consider using clear lightbulbs. Don’t be afraid to adjust shades, diffusers, and covers if necessary.
6. Daylight is your friend. Dark rooms never lend themselves to positive impressions. Have shades and blinds open to let in the light!
Let’s talk more about making your home ready for showings! Michael Kwiatkowski, a Realtor and Broker Associate, is with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Brookfield, WI. He can be reached through his contact page, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 414-207-2938. I’ll be happy to help you make your home attractive to buyers to earn the highest possible sale price!