Showings are the key! After all, buyers don’t normally make an offer without seeing the house first. What can you, as a seller, do to increase your chances for soliciting an offer from buyers?
We’ve come up with a list of 5 items that should help!
#1 – DON’T TURN DOWN SHOWINGS
We know it can be a pain and buyers often want to see your home immediately or during an inconvenient time.
But, if you want to entice an offer, if possible, load up the family, dogs, cats, etc. and vacate the home for that hour that the buyers would like to see it. You might just get the offer you were hoping for!
#2 – CRANK THE AC OR HEAT, DEPENDING ON THE SEASON
On a hot summer’s day, one of the best ways to show that your home is welcoming is to crank the AC. It shows the buyers that it works well and they will be in a much better mood when viewing your home!
Likewise, in the winter, stepping out of frigid temperatures and into a warm and cozy, inviting home is a great way to start off on the right foot with buyers!
#3 – KEEP YOUR HOME IN SHOW READY CONDITION
Your life is not “normal” when your home is on the market. Try to stay very aware when it comes to keeping things clean, odor-free, and keeping things like toys, towels, and clothes picked up in case you get a last minute showing request.
We know it’s not easy! When your home is on the market, it’s a commodity and should always put its best foot forward!
#4 – DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES OUT IN THE OPEN
Create vignettes in different areas to maximize a “homey” feel.
A throw draped on a chair in the family room that sits by a window with a lamp, book and coffee cup will make the buyer think of a quiet reading area.
Setting your formal dining table, breakfast bar or eat-in kitchen with dishes, glassware and silverware is also inviting and can bring attention to an area that might otherwise be blasé.
Add plants to the kitchen and bath counter tops as a special touch and buyers are sure to notice and appreciate!
On the master bed, add a bed table with a flower, magazine, tea pot, cup and saucer. The buyer may think of a lazy weekend morning enjoying their master suite!
#5 – LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Buying a home is a very emotional process. Appealing to those emotions can help the buyer fall in love with your home. One great way to do this is by turning on all the lights – no matter if it’s day or night. A well-lit, bright, and cheery home appeals to the emotions and feels like home. If you have a nice view, open the curtains and blinds as well and let the sunshine in!
A home that is dimly lit casts weird shadows and can seem gloomy. A few well-placed lamps in addition to overhead lights will go a long way in creating an inviting, sunshiny feeling for buyers!
Remember when you were shopping for this home? Little touches can mean a lot to buyers. Make them smile and write an offer!
We’d love to help you if you’re considering selling your home! Give us a call at 301-785-5889 and we’ll be happy to come see your home and talk with you about its worth in today’s market!