Once that ‘For Sale’ sign goes up, it won’t be long before interested buyers start making their way through your house.
There’s a lot you need to know when selling a house, but one of the most important things to keep in mind is that a clean, well-maintained home makes the best first impression with buyers. In order to make your home as attractive to buyers as possible, follow these tips to prepare for your home showing.
1. Avoid Cooking With Strong Smells
You may be a big fan of fish smothered in onions and garlic, but chances are interested buyers will find that smell a turnoff. In fact, it may be too ingrained in their memories to overcome.
Your sense of smell is connected to the part of your brain that processes memories. Your home could forever be associated with a certain smell in someone’s mind. Even if you cooked two nights before any scheduled showings, kitchen smells in particular linger in the air and on the surfaces of your home.
Avoid cooking anything with a strong smell, and thoroughly clean appliances and work surfaces. By the time it’s done, your kitchen should be as close to factory-fresh as possible.
2. Deep Clean Everything
There’s the cleaning you do once a week, the cleaning you do in the spring and fall, and then there’s deep cleaning to prepare for a home showing. A home that looks and smells clean will make a positive first impression. But even the hint of something unfavourable, and you risk buyers walking away.
Things that should be cleaned include:
- Windows and blinds
- Floors, both carpet and hardwood
- Any ductwork that hasn’t been cleaned recently
- Bathroom Fixtures
- This is just the tip of the iceberg. The best way to make sure that your home is truly, deeply cleaned is to hire professionals. We know what often gets missed and have the tools to do the job well, making your home look brand new again.
3. Make Simple Repairs and Alterations
You don’t have to be a handy person to make some simple repairs and alterations to your home that will add up to a fantastic first impression.
For example, if your front door is looking a little worse for wear, a fresh coat of paint will liven it right back up. As one of the first things that a buyer will see, it will give them a good feeling about the rest of the house. You should also fix anything that is broken, for example a cracked lightswitch cover or chipped paint.
These fixes aren’t expensive, and go a long way towards selling your house.
4. Fix Up the Outside
We’ve mentioned first impressions on the inside of your home, but just as important is the first impression your house leaves when people see it from the outside. If you have dirty windows, a missing shutter, or unkept grass, the overall impression won’t be as favourable. Whereas a home with great curb appeal will impress potential buyers.
Make sure that any outdoor repairs are completed before buyers start scheduling visits. Once your home is listed, keep a regular outdoor maintenance schedule of weeding and mowing.
This is an important step towards preparing for a home showing. A buyer doesn’t want to see all of your personal items in a home that they are trying to visualize themselves in. That’s why you need to organize and declutter.
While your home is going through the stages of a deep clean, take stock of the items in it. Can you donate some you don’t use anymore? Can you move some things, like photographs, out of the main spaces while the buyers are there?
Decluttering now will also help you when it is your turn to move. The more things you are able to part with, the less you’ll have to pack.
6. Set An Atmosphere With Light and Temperature
When you do have buyers come to your home, it is important to showcase your clean, ready to sell home in the right atmosphere. This can be achieved through lighting and temperature.
Make sure your curtains and blinds are pulled back to let in natural light. You don’t want your home perceived as dark. If you need to, turn on a few lights as well. The goal is to make sure your home is not too dark but not too bright - it has to be just right.
The same can be said for the temperature in your home. We all know someone who prefers to have a room extremely warm, and someone else who prefers it extremely cold.
The best way to appeal to everyone is to take note of the outdoor temperature, and adjust from there. A good rule of thumb is to adjust by one or two degrees in the appropriate direction. For example, in the summer, buyers will want to come into your home and feel cool, so you’ll want a lower temperature.
We Can Get Your Home Show-Ready
At Concierge Home Services, we know how important proper presentation is. Our team of insured, professional cleaners will scrub your house from top to bottom in preparation for a sale.
We don’t just clean homes for sale. We clean any home, any time, however many times you need. You can even set up a regular cleaning schedule. That’s the great thing about our services; they’re customisable to fit your needs.