Getting your house ready to show to buyers can be a very stressful time, but it’s important that you make an effort to minimize the stress if you possibly can. If you have a buyer who is familiar with the home showing process, they’ll understand that things can’t be perfect all the time. The bottom line with this is you must make an honest effort to take care of any problems in the home, and it’s always better to be upfront about any issues the buyer will find out about later on.
All realtors will tell you to get your kitchen in tip-top shape for home showing. If you want potential buyers to continue exploring your house, make sure you clean your kitchen. It should be spotless and smelling wonderful. If you leave your kitchen dark and untidy when a buyer is around, it will leave a negative impression.
These reactions are generally not conducive to feeling good and maybe buying your house, so just do the opposite and make your kitchen bright with light. It’s worth investing in new lighting for your kitchen so don’t hesitate to do so if your kitchen could use new lights. Other things you can do to brighten up your kitchen is to add a wallpaper trim around the ceiling.
Inspect your mailbox and determine if you need a new one or can simply clean up and paint the existing one. This is another one of those little things that people notice in some way. When you’re showing your home, you need to give your home curb appeal because your driveway or front yard is the first thing buyers will see. You know how important it is to make a good first impression. A potential buyer, before stepping inside your house, will be sitting in his or her car wondering if your house is something they’d be proud to own or not. In home showing, it’s important that you don’t ignore even the smallest things such as your mailbox because they contribute to a buyer’s first impression of your home.
Many business transactions have failed to push through because of bad first impressions. Here are just a few quick things to consider when you want to create a better first impression when showing your home. Next to your front yard or driveway, your front porch is what can give prospective buyers a good (or bad) feeling about your home, so make sure that it’s presentable and welcoming. Get a can of paint and give your front door a new coat if you have to. If the paint looks pretty good then get a good cleaner and scrub down the door. Flowers can instantly liven any room, so try placing a few potted flowers on the front porch.
Don’t feel let down if it’s been a while since you’ve put your house on the market and several buyers have seen it but haven’t made bids on it. You will get more home showings, and in the meantime you can make more improvements. Think of the process of selling your home like baseball: you have to wait for the pitch before you swing your bat. The right buyer is going to come walking through the door one day soon and it will be a done deal.