LOVELAND – There are so many things to do when your home is on the market. As you prepare for a big open house or private showings, you are likely thinking about the big things such as general cleanup and furniture staging. However, it’s important not to forget the little things. It can be surprising how these can impact buyer impressions.
Make your home inviting
Make your home comfortable and inviting with these little touches.
– Open the blinds curtains.
– Turn on all lights.
– Make the beds.
– Add/spray air fresheners.
– Leave treats and/or refreshments for guests.
Eliminate negative distractions
The items below are certainly not deal breakers, but they’re often things noticed by buyers. Addressing them will eliminate negative distractions during buyer showings.
– Empty the trash.
– Clean the mirrors.
– Put away dirty laundry.
– Remove used towels from bathrooms.
Lastly, here are a few things that may give buyers certain impressions about you as a seller. These can negatively affect their interactions with you (based on how strongly they may personally feel about what they’re seeing), so it’s best to remove them as a factor.
– Remove family photos.
– Hide religious items.
– Put away anything that may make political statements, especially during this election year!
Your goal during open houses and showings is to give buyers the best impression of your home. You want to highlight all of the great features and amenities while minimizing your personal preferences and beliefs. By tackling the minor tasks above, you eliminate unnecessary distractions and allow your home to shine.
Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail [email protected]
By Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance