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How to Spiff Up Your Home for Showings

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Birds are singing in the trees, azaleas are blooming and it’s finally warm enough to shed those heavy coats! All this springtime beauty means one thing to Realtors: it’s home buying and selling season! Is your home ready to make the best possible impression on prospective buyers? Let’s look at the best ways to get your home in ship-shape for selling season!

Make an Amazing First Impression

Take a look at your home from the street–what’s the first thing a complete stranger would notice about your home? Does your lawn look maintained? Is there clutter in the driveway? First impressions can really make or break a home sale so we want to make sure this first look is as appealing as it can be! Adding some cheerful annuals to the front porch or even just sprucing up your existing landscaping can make a huge difference in curb appeal. Now’s a great time to take care of those little odd jobs that can sometimes pile up: trimming trees, adding mulch or touching up a fence’s paint job!

Sell It, Don’t Smell It

Once you’ve spiffed up the outside, make sure to give your whole house a deep clean. Nothing turns buyers off more than obvious dirt or old stains! This is also the perfect time to declutter and possibly even change up your furniture configuration. Make it easy for prospective buyers to move through the home, keeping hallways and tight spots clear and open.

The stereotypical advice is to make the house smell like freshly baked bread or to have cookies baking during a showing… trust us, no amount of bread-fumes will distract buyers from a cluttered or dirty home. Skip the bread and simply set up a pleasant but neutral air freshener or diffuser. This won’t take attention away from the home but it will help buyers feel more positively about the whole experience.

How to Seal the Deal

There’s no need to freak out every time someone schedules a showing. If you remember these quick tips, you’ll be setting your house up for success!

  • Schedule a deep cleaning before it hits the market and then keep it looking neat! A quick tidy and declutter before a showing can make a world of difference.
  • Mow the lawn, power wash the sidewalk or plant some pretty annuals–curb appeal can make or break a buyer’s impression of a home!
  • Get a pleasant but neutral air freshener for the main areas of your home and make sure the scent isn’t too overwhelming!
  • Most importantly, make yourself scarce when the buyers are walking through! You want to give them the time they need to make a decision without you hovering in the background.

Think you’re just about ready to sell your house? Find your local expert agent and we’ll help you get the ball rolling!