Brenda Kellen: I’m ready to show my home for the first time
September 26, 2008
Q. I have the first showing on my home in a few days. What can I do to make sure it shows well?
– There shouldn’t be any major housecleaning at this point. The kinds of tasks you ought to be concerned with now are simple ones; making the beds, stuffing last night’s dirty pans in the dishwasher, picking up loose newspapers, etc. Even young children can participate by “cleaning” their rooms.
– If the season is appropriate, open the windows in each room and let in some fresh air. Stale air isn’t appealing, particularly in a home with smokers or pets.
– Keep your thermostat at a comfortable setting.
– Turn on all the lights for every showing before prospective buyers arrive. This also gives you an opportunity to select the lighting effects you want for each room. No area of your home should be dark.
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– Turn off the television and turn on light, background music.
– Arrange for pets to be at a neighbors. Keep pets away from buyers, not everybody is comfortable with animals.
– Don’t try to “sell” the house with words. By this time you have prepared the house for sale; let it sell itself. Buyers buy on emotion”theirs, not yours. Keep the emotions under control.
– “Depersonalize” the house as much as possible. Take down any extra family pictures that are hanging on the walls or displayed on the shelves. They will often distract the buyers attention from what is most important … the house!
– Most importantly, please leave the home during all showings. It is uncomfortable and difficult for buyers to view the home when owners are present. Oftentimes, they will rush through the home and not give it the proper attention your home deserves. It is also hard for the buyers to “picture themselves” living in the home when the sellers are present.
For more insight into the current real estate market, please contact me directly at 970.485.1115, visit my website at http://www.gokremmling.com, or e-mail me at email@example.com. I have been selling with Omni Real Estate for over 10 years and help buyers and sellers in both Grand and Summit County.