Is Your Home ‘Show Ready?’

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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:

  1. Pick one area of your home and focus on doing a good job there, one area at a time.
  2. 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.
  3. If you don’t have the time, hire a professional. There are many affordable services out there available to you.
  4. Showings can happen at any time throughout the day. So remember to always leave your home in “show ready” condition every time you leave.
  5. Don’t leave it to the last minute to get the house in order. Chances are by that time it’s already too late.
  6. 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?