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When it comes to making a first impression, nothing will turn a prospective home buyer off faster than a home that shows poorly. Homes that show visible signs of neglect or a general lack of basic cleanliness and care tell a prospective buyer one thing; with no visible pride of ownership what else am I ‘not seeing’?
One of the first questions that a prospective buyer will ask themselves when viewing a home is “is it worth my time to want to see more?” If the answer is ‘no’, then you have left a lasting impression that won’t soon be forgotten.
When a buyer comes to view your home they not only wish to see a perfect home, but they want to envision THEIR stuff in your home and not have to focus on YOUR stuff in your home. They want to get a sense of what living there looks, smells and feels like. If all they see, smell and feel is a turn off then they will be moving on and forgetting about their experience there just as quickly.
So here’s a few pointers from the guide I put together to help you get to SOLD faster. You can find the full downloadable and printable Open House & Showing Checklists under the resources tab in the sellers guide section of this site:
- Pick one area of your home and focus on doing a good job there, one area at a time.
- Give yourself enough time for cleaning and de-cluttering tasks. It’s easy to underestimate the time required and you don’t want to rush.
- If you don’t have the time, hire a professional. There are many affordable services out there available to you.
- Showings can happen at any time throughout the day. So remember to always leave your home in “show ready” condition every time you leave.
- Don’t leave it to the last minute to get the house in order. Chances are by that time it’s already too late.
- Living show ready 24/7 is just “for now” and not “forever”. It’s short term pain for a long term gain.
Maintaining your home in “show ready” condition will be far easier and less effort than constantly scrambling to get it back in order. It will allow for a much better showing experience for your potential buyer which generally translates into a faster sale, less time on the market and a higher overall perceived home value. And after all, isn’t that what all sellers are ultimately hoping for?