Whether you’re having an open house or allowing a personal inspection, while your house is on the market it will experience a lot of foot traffic. Realistically, you can’t please everyone but there are at least five things you can do to appeal to the senses that will encourage a more pleasurable showing experience.
Staging your property can be time consuming and a chore. Try this quick checklist that will definitely make a world of difference in helping you to spruce up your home and quickly attract the right buyer.
Touch- A clean home is a must when trying to attract buyers. Do the dust test, when you swipe your finger along surfaces does it come back clean? Also, try to remember not to leave out anything that is special to you or something that is fragile. Just about everything that is left out is fair game for contact, so really access what you have on display.
Sight- When you look around your property do you see clutter? Floors should be completely clear of any distracting items. Also remember- the chances of prospective buyers looking through every nook and cranny is highly likely, so no shoving things in the closet or under the bed. People need to be able to visual how your space can become theirs.
Smell-If I had to choose, this would be the most important sense to pay attention to. A smelly home can be completely discouraging and off putting, not to mention it can totally ruin the chance of a sale. If you have carpets, invest in a good thorough cleaning as this is usually the source of harbouring most foul smells. Also, make sure all the laundry is done, you wouldn’t want an offer to pass you by because of smelly socks.
Taste- If you can, try leaving a little snack for your guests. If you’re having a morning showing, coffee and sweets can really make an impression maybe not upon your home but on you as the seller.
Sound-Another good way to spark the interest of prospective buyers is to not be there. Yes, I said it, you’ve (hopefully) followed all of these steps and now the last one is to beat it! Being in the home can be distracting in terms of noise but also in terms of the level of comfort your visitors will feel. They may be less inclined to really get into the nitty-gritty of your home if you are there. They may also feel compelled to limit their line of questioning in hopes you not over hearing.
Let us know if you have any additional tips to add to the list, we want to hear from you.