7 Simple Tips to Help Get Your Calgary Home Ready to Show
The staging is finished, the home shows great and now it is time to show it off. What`s next? To sell your home of course!
It can be easy to take some elements of the showing process for granted, but in the end its every detail that contributes to a successful sale.
By implementing the following tips into your showing routine you maintain as much control as possible over the way buyers will perceive your home.
So, without further ado, here are some home sellers tips to help maximize your homes market value and sell it as quickly as possible:
Day or night, it is a good idea to turn on all the lights before you leave in anticipation of a potential buyers viewing.
This enables anyone visiting your home to see it in its best lighting – as bright as possible – and also doesn’t distract buyers if they are searching for light switches.
You also should assume a buyer or their REALTOR® may not even bother to turn on some or even any of the lights during a showing, which would mean that your home is not showing its best when you are not around.
#2 – Smells
Calgary home sellers beware; foul smells are a huge turn off to any potential buyers viewing your home! As a matter of fact, there shouldn’t be any smells at all whatsoever, unless they are mild and pleasant like that of a fresh bouquet of flowers.
Some people may be allergic to perfumes, air fresheners or other scents so you might want to consider neutralizing any smells all together. Some negative smells to watch out for:
If at all possible, remove your dogs and other pets from the home for showings.
Eliminate one more distraction and also remove any possible conflict with a buyers allergies or personal preferences.
This also plays into smells as things such as cat litter can smell fine one moment and then unpleasant the next after a breeze picks up in the room, for example.
#4 – Walkways
This is a big part of your homes first impression. If you have taken the time to shovel your driveway and walkways, then you are most likely a caring and responsible home owner.
This is at least the logical flow for some potential buyers.
You also don’t have to worry about someone slipping and falling and you will have less mess inside the front foyer area from people treading in and out.
#5 – Cleaning
Make sure your home is always clean and tidy. The cleaner it is, the better off you are for home showings at any time.
Sometimes showings can be booked between real estate agents with less than an hours notice for the owners!
Try getting into the habit of cleaning up before you leave for the day so you don’t get stressed if there is a short notice showing, as there most often is with the crazy busy schedules of our every day lives.
#6 – Music
This can be a positive or a negative. It is important to pick the right music and make sure it is at the right volume. I would recommend going quieter than louder, even if that means that it is barely audible.
Classical music is usually a popular choice for the job, or another genre that is as neutral as possible.
#7 – Landscaping
Make sure your yard is tidy and kept to a reasonable standard for the season spring, summer, fall or winter. Learn more at our Calgary Home Selling Tips for the Seasons.
Minimize any and all disruptions so the buyers can vision themselves enjoying your deck, your yard and your home in general.
This also plays into first impressions when buyers approach your property and make a small judgement at a first glance. It could be the deciding factor on an offer or not! Learn more at 11 Tips to Boost Your Homes Curb Appeal today.