Follow these steps to get your home ready for that all important Open House this weekend. Your m.s.Woods Agent will have placed signs, published advertising, sent out mailers and knocked on doors to generate foot traffic to your front door. Make sure that your home is inviting and ready to impress those future owners.
This is really a step you should take before you even put your home on the market but at the latest, it should be done before your first open house. Throw away or donate any items that you no longer need and don’t plan to take with you to your new home. Anything that you plan to keep but isn’t essential should be moved into storage… and by storage I mean an offsite facility. Do not cram all of your items into a closet. Closets and storage areas need to be clean and orderly because potential buyers will open every door to see what is there. People need to be able to visualize how they will use the space and they can’t do that if all of your stuff is clouding their imagination.
2. Lights, Lights and More Lights
Turn on every light in the home and replace any burnt out bulbs. If there are any dark spots, consider adding a standing lamp or use mirrors to help light up the area. You also want to have all of the window shades drawn open to let in as much natural light as possible. Turn on other amenities too if you got them, including ceiling fans, built-in stereo systems, gas fireplaces, etc. The home should be inviting and your visitors should have no concerns about something not working or not being maintained.
3. Spruce Up the Entry
All of your visitors will be walking in through the same entry and this will be their first impression regarding the interior of the home. Ideally your visitors will be coming in through the front door but that isn’t always the case. Consider painting the entry door, installing new hardware if it is dated and adding some flower planters or other decorations depending on the time of year. Buyers should feel good about the home they are entering as this will help set the tone for the rest of their tour. There are no second chances for making a great first impression.
4. What Scent Says “Buy Me”?
I recently watched an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown that began with a real estate agent scoping out his kitchen while discussing the home’s “aroma” and what should be done about it. The agent had a clever solution, cookies in a can spray, but Alton was having none of that. Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses we have and it can deliver strong emotions bringing up memories and providing comfort. Baking Cinnamon Rolls was the solution to their problem but you can also do other baked goods such as cookies or breads. You can also use aerosol sprays or air fresheners if you tend to burn things in the oven. It is highly recommended that you provide some sort of olfactory satisfaction for your visitors to stir up those memories of home.
5. Please See Information
Provide information on the home as well as local amenities including schools, shopping, places of worship, parks and recreational facilities. If the neighborhood has some specific perks, make sure you have them listed on your feature sheet too. A 1 page handout that your visitors can take with them is a must. Even though the majority of home shoppers today use the internet for their search, a printed piece of advertising is tangible and easy to review, with or without an internet connection!
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