Your work is not over once you list your property. You will certainly leave much of the heavy lifting to your real estate agent but you still need to do your part. How the property shows will often make all the difference in how quickly it sells. As a seller there are a few things you can do to greatly improve your chances. The first thing is to make it as easy as possible for your real estate agent to show your property. Not every showing will be at a perfect time but if you want your home sold this is a sacrifice you need to make. In addition to being flexible with your showings here are some things you can do to get the most out of your showings.
Keep house clean.You don’t need to have your home professionally cleaned everyday but it can’t look like was a party in the home either. When you are selling you need to commit to keeping it clean. Little things like doing the dishes, sweeping the floor and tidying up all the rooms should be automatic. If you are leaving for a few hours you should take a look at how the house looks before you leave. You never know when you will get an unexpected showing. That could be the one that produces a potential buyer.
Try not to be home.Speaking of leaving the house it is a good idea that you are not present for any showings. Buyers tend to feel uneasy walking around the house in the presence of the owner. They won’t ask questions they usually would and want to get out as quickly as possible. There is also a tendency for owners to talk the house up in front of a buyer. Oftentimes this backfires and has a negative impact. Try taking a ride when you know a showing is scheduled. If you can’t get out try to be as inconspicuous as possible.
Neutral smells.One of the first things that prospective buyers notice is how a house smells. Here is where you need to walk a fine line between masking the odor and overdoing it. Sprays are often worse than the actual smell and give the impression you are covering something up. If possible try opening up some windows or lighting a fresh candle. The smell of last night’s dinner could be the final thing that a buyer remembers.
Light & temperature.Buyers notice everything about a house they are considering making an offer on. When you list your property you need to examine every light and make sure they all work. Something as small as a light out in the bathroom could make a difference. In addition to the light you also need to focus on the temperature. If the house is too hot or too cold buyers will want to leave as quickly as possible. In the winter it is always best to crank up the heat a little before you leave the house.
A showing is the first chance for a buyer to get an impression of your property. We all know the importance of a good first impression. That impression is often created by how well the property looks. These seemingly minor items that you do can determine just how quickly your property sells.