Your real estate listing with professional photography is driving potential home buyers to the house for an in person showing. When they walk into your home the first impression is very important. Learn how to impress home buyers with these 4 easy and cheap tips.
Set the Thermostat for Max Comfort
When a potential buyer walks into your house you want them to focus on the house, not the temperature. Most people are comfortable with the thermostat set between 68-72 F. This is a good range to stay in. In the summer you want them to walk into a cool house after looking at the outside. This helps to reassure the buyer that the AC system is working. It also feels so good to walk into a nice, cool home.
Open Window Treatments – Let in Natural Light
Let there be light! Do you live in a dungeon? No. Please open the window treatments and let in as much natural light as possible. This opens up the space and lights the room in beautiful sunlight. No one wants to walk into a dark room, when it could be lit brightly.
Neutralize Odors – Pets, Odors
We all love our pets, but sometimes their odor remains even when they are not there. This can be unpleasant for even the biggest animal lover. When you are getting your home ready for showing neutralize those odors. I recommend vacuuming first to eliminate the hair, this will start the process of odor removal. If you have more set in stains or odors your job will be much tougher. The Humane Society of the United States has a great resource on how to deal with stains and odors.
While we are talking about scents I would recommend a Scentsy Warmer. One warmer placed in your main living area with a couple cubes will fill the space with a nice scent. Start it an hour before the showing to allow time for the wax to begin to melt. My wife recommends the following scent “Simply Vanilla” the pure fragrance of classically warm vanilla with a touch of coconut milk. This provides a clean vanilla scent that isn’t over powering and won’t make buyers think you are trying to cover up offensive smells.
Background Music – Light and Ambient
A little, light background music never hurt. Very soft background music is helpful because it provides an ambiance. It must be very soft so that no one is thinking about the music, not intrusive at all. My suggestion is to use a generic soft jazz. You don’t want them to even think about the music. It’s just there floating in the background.
Hopefully these quick tips will help with your next showing. If you have other tips or if you feel these tips are useless leave a comment below and let me know why.