The idea of impressing potential buyers can be a matter rife with stress, but there are a few things you can do before a showing to ensure your home is seen in it’s best possible light. If you’ve recently put your house on the market and you’re looking for some fast and easy ways to help that potential buyer remember your home above all others, then here are a handful of ways you can be sure to create a positive first impression…
It’s All About the Smell
It may seem like purchasing a home is all about appearance, but you shouldn’t underestimate the power of scent when it comes to the overall impact of your home viewing. Instead of leaving this invisible factor up to chance, consider giving the house a quick spray with a pleasant scent or even baking something that will be sure to remind potential buyers of the familiar comforts of home. Timed, plug-in air fresheners, or even scented oils can be a way to ALWAYS make sure your home has a fresh scent when the buyers first enter. This tip becomes even more important if you have pets or you or someone else smokes in the home.
Take Away the Family Portraits
While it won’t be necessary to clear away everything of personal value, a large number of photographs and mementos in the home can actually remind potential homebuyers that it’s not their home and may make them feel like they’re a visitor in a place they want to live. By removing the photos that adorn the fridge and the side tables, you can eliminate distractions for potential homebuyers and keep them focused on what the home might come to mean for them. “Depersonalizing” your home is a very important step in the marketing process.
Clear Away Any Clutter
This might seem like the most common sense of points, almost like it doesn’t even need to be said, but it’s very important that your house is clean and decluttered so that viewers can see your home in its best light and will easily be able to imagine themselves living in it. While it’s important for giving your house the best possible presentation, it will also make your house look more spacious than it would with a lot of unkempt clutter. So clear that extra bedroom, closets, garage, and your basement of everything you possibly can, even if it means having to rent an inexpensive storage facility for a short time, it really makes ALL the difference for a successful showing.
Highlight Your Favorite Features
With potential homebuyers viewing a lot of different houses, having a few key features in your home that will help it stand out from the pack can be a definite benefit. Whether you have a fabulous Jacuzzi in the master bathroom or unique kitchen tiles that you installed yourself, ensuring that these features are noticed – – and even accentuated – may help your home stick in the mind of its viewers. The key is to “feature” your home’s best features while at the same time keeping the potential negatives out of the limelight.
…Showing your home can definitely be a stressful matter, but a few quick tips can ensure success with potential buyers, and get your home sold faster… and the faster it sells the faster you can stop showing it! If you’re curious about other ways to impress viewers of your home, and you’d like to speak to a company that markets their listings better than any other Realtor in the state… you need to call ExecuHome Realty at 443-632-3800. We have assisted over 20,000 Marylanders with their home purchase and/or sale, and we want you to be next. ExecuHome is Maryland largest in-state brokerage and home to over 350 of Maryland’s Top Realtors.
ExecuHome Realty’s blogs are authored by Nick Schiaffino, Principal Broker/President, ExecuHome Realty