Is your first open house coming up soon and you want to make sure you’re ready? In this episode of Highest Or Best, I’m going to give you some tips to make sure your home is presented in the best potential light to possible buyers. We’ll look at everything from decluttering to scenting your home so you can get your property sold.
Removing Clutter And Tidying Up
It’s important to get your house ready for your first showings and open house. You’ll want to make sure your home is presented in the very best possible light for your potential buyers. First, the outside of the home needs to be clean. You only get one chance to make a great first impression, and your house is no exception.
Moving to the inside, let’s talk about clutter and tidiness. You’ll want to make sure that all of your basic clutter is removed and put away. Pay close attention to entryways and stairs, as these are places that often set the tone for whatever part of your house the buyer is moving towards.
Don’t forget about the closet; it’s a natural instinct to just take the clutter and simply throw it into the nearest closet, but I’d recommend against that. Surprise, surprise: buyers are going to open these closets as they’re moving about the house. If they find them packed full of belongings, they may assume there’s a lack of storage. Try storing items in an area that buyers will focus on less, such as a corner of the basement, the attic, a shed, or a storage unit.
Kitchen, Bathrooms, And Lighting
Two of the most important aspects of your house are the kitchen and the bathrooms. It is very important that, above all, these spaces are kept spotless. This means no dishes in the sink, and countertop appliances should be stowed or put away. Every surface should be clean enough to eat off.
Don’t forget to pay attention to the front of your refrigerator. You should remove anything affixed to the front to further that sense of cleanliness and simplicity. You’ll also want to open all of your blinds and make sure that all of your doors except the closet are opened. We want to make your home feel as light and bright as possible.
Additionally, make sure you clean up the cat’s litter box, any pet areas, and take out the trash.
Scent Your Home And Leave The House
Here’s a great tip you won’t find anywhere else: boil some cinnamon sticks. Turn on your diffuser, or simply open a few windows if the weather permits to get some air circulating. If you’re going to use one of those electric air fresheners, stick to vanilla musk or lavender to keep it simple.
These tips will ensure that your home smells cozy and fresh when potential buyers walk in. Speaking of air, make sure you set your thermostat to a comfortable level, somewhere between 72 and 74 degrees. Whatever is going on with the weather outside, we want buyers to feel a sense of relief when they step foot inside the home.
Last but not least, get out of the house. That’s right; you and your family should not be present in the house for showings or open houses. You want your buyers to feel as comfortable as possible and allow them to move around your space and comment freely about the home.
Also, since you won’t be there, it’s super important that you lock up or remove any small and important items like jewelry, money prescriptions, handguns, and other small valuables. They should be stowed away in a very secure place. While it’s extremely rare that a potential buyer would actually take something from your home, you’re going to have strangers walking around your house, so you still want to take precautions.
Attracting Potential Buyers
Ultimately, try to look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer to see what might need attention. While you don’t need to do a deep cleaning before every showing, it’s important to make some immediate improvements before they step inside. Doing these things will present your house in the very best possible light and will ensure that your visitors have a great first impression of it.
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