Homes tend to sell more quickly and for higher prices when they show their best.
It?s very important that your home shows well. We?re also aware that it can?t always be perfect. After all, you and your family must live there, too. Develop a routine that will allow you to pick up and be prepared to show in a reasonable period without duress... a 45 minute countdown, for example. This means that certain things must be done in advance. For example, beds should be made up first thing in the morning and dirty dishes placed in the dishwasher after use so that you needn?t rush around tending to this matter at the last moment. This way you can prepare for each showing in an organized, hassle free routine.
Before each showing...
Pick Up Every Room
Check counters, floors, halls and stairs. Straighten up or remove newspapers, magazines, mail, toys, clothing, recreation gear, glasses and dishes.
Turn On All Lights
Even those in closets and storage rooms. Electric lights have an amazing capability for creating an illusion of lightness, airiness and largeness.
Open All Drapes, Shades and Blinds
Do all that you can to create a bright and light ambiance.
Make up the beds, neatly and attractively, early in the morning. This is a job you don?t want to have to do when you learn that the buyers will be there within the hour.
Keep air fresheners in closets, bathrooms and kitchen. Be especially careful to keep kitchen odors
fresh. Coffee brewing or a cinnamon coffee cake baking in the oven have a lasting, inviting effect.
Television and Radio Off
The television and radio should be turned off. Let the agent and the buyer talk, free of disturbances.
During the right time of year, a cozy fire may be just the right touch that does the trick.
If the weather is warm and sultry, have your air conditioning operating.
It is the first and last impression that your buyers will have of your home. Make it a good one. Check it regularly for sharpness