If you’re like most people, you want to create an unforgettable experience for the buyers who come to tour your home when it’s for sale. But where do you even start? Your REALTOR® will give you plenty of guidance, but in the meantime, check out these five tips for creating a memorable experience for prospective buyers.
5 Tips for Creating a Memorable Experience for Prospective Buyers Who Tour Your Home
First things first: Your home has to be spotlessly clean when buyers come to take a tour. Although buyers may not notice everything you cleaned, they’ll certainly spot everything you didn’t clean. For that reason, it’s often a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service. That way, you only have to maintain what they’ve done – and you can save the time and effort it takes to clean everything from top to bottom. (Additionally, professional cleaners often clean things that most of us don’t even think about – so hiring a pro can be a very worthwhile investment.)
With that said, after your house is clean, you can use these five tips to create a memorable experience for prospective buyers:
- Have your rugs professionally cleaned, and consider putting them away while your house is on the market. Unless a rug is necessary to pull together a room’s look, bare floors may be a better choice. First, you don’t have to worry about people accidentally tracking in dirt; second, rooms can look more open and look like they offer more available space when they don’t have rugs. Note, though, that if a rug tamps down noise in a certain room, it’s likely worth keeping.
- Put out fluffy, fresh towels in every washroom. You don’t need to buy all-new towels (though you can, and many home stagers recommend it). However, you do need to have your best towels out when people come to tour your home. Put them away after tours, and don’t use them until you move into your new home.
- Leave out bottled water. Your guests may appreciate having a bottle of water to sip while touring your home, so talk to your REALTOR about presenting it properly. You may also choose to leave out prepackaged snacks and treats for prospective buyers – and if you bake cookies before showings so your home smells sweeter, leave them out for buyers, too. (Bonus: If they don’t take them, they’re all yours!)
- Talk to your neighbors about showings. Let them know that you’ll have prospective buyers coming through, and if there are any issues – such as barking dogs or loud music – that you sometimes experience, ask them to tone things down.
- Tackle pet odors before you list your house. If you have pets, your home may smell like them – and you may not even realize it. Ask a trusted friend or relative (or your REALTOR) to stop by and let you know how strongly your home smells like pets. Then, make sure you clean anything that gives off pet odors, such as furniture and pet beds. When you leave for a showing, take your pet’s bed, food dishes and toys with you; that way, you’re minimizing pet odors and preventing prospective buyers from thinking much about whether you live with animals.
Are You Selling a Home in DC Ranch?
Thinking about selling your home in DC Ranch? Call us at 480-360-0281 to find out how we’ll market it to all the right buyers. If you’re also looking for a new home, we’d love show you any listing in the community. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be happy to search for something that’s a perfect match for your needs.
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