Prepare Your House For Showing

At the Delphine Homes Team, our job is to sell your home.  However, we not only sell it, we go above and beyond to make sure the process is as smooth and easy as possible, maximizing your time and your return.  Aside from huge remodeling projects, there are other smaller things you can do to intrigue buyers and have them raving about your home. Here are the steps you should follow to prepare your house for showing.

Clear Out The Closets

An underrated commodity in a home is storage space.  You can never have too much of it, so make sure you’re showing it off.  Remove items from your closet and organize the remainder to make your closets look twice as big and watch as your buyers’ eyes light up.

Clear out the closets and declutter the house are the first step in preparing the house for showing.

Let There Be Light

Another sought-after component in a new house is lighting.  A house full of light automatically seems more livable, comfortable, and happy.  Do whatever you can to light up your home, from taking down the drapes to cleaning the windows, changing the lampshades to replacing light bulbs, and even trim the bushes that are covering windows so that buyers will have to wear sunglasses when they come for a showing.

Not All Homebuyers Are Pet Lovers

As much as you love your adorable pets, not everyone is on the same page.  Having dog food, kitty litter, or piles of hair around the house is not for everyone, so don’t risk it and hide the traces of your pets just for the showing or open house.  Leave your pets at a friend’s house and put away the bowls of food. Your pets will understand that you need to prepare your house for showing.

Update Without Breaking The Bank

Rather than taking on a huge remodeling project that may not bring you the return you’re looking for, there are smaller things you can do to improve the condition of your house without spending a ton of money.  A fresh coat of paint always helps. Other ideas include new curtains, door handles, and cabinet hardware, and fixing leaky faucets.

Update without breaking the bank before you put your house on the market.

It’s Not Your House Anymore

As hard as it is to let go of the home you’ve lived in for years, it’s important to give the buyers a chance to envision what they house will look like when they live in it.  Get rid of as much of your own things as you can, especially personal items such as family photos or memorabilia, to give the buyers more a blank slate to picture photos of theirfamily, not yours.

If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen

The kitchen may be the make or break room in your house, and it pays to make some updates to have it looking fresh and modern.  Some update options include paint, cabinet hardware, and appliances. Just having one stainless steel appliance in your kitchen can change the whole atmosphere and make buyers forget about the other appliances that need to be updated. Make sure your kitchen is neat and clean prior to showing.

You Are On-Call

Buyers are unpredictable creatures, and you don’t want to be rushing to clean up the house when a buyer calls for an unexpected showing.  Keep your house looking good at all times so that buyers can come to see it at the drop of a hat. You have to be diligent, but it’s a small price to pay for getting your home sold.

First Impression

Do everything you can to have your buyers excited about your home as soon as they step out of the car.  That first impression is so important, and even if the inside of your house looks great, the buyers may have made up their mind before they even get there.  Make buyers feel comfortable and safe. Shrubs and flowers can really spruce up the front walkway and doorway. The entryway just inside the door is another opportunity for a good impression, so adding a bench, vase, or plate of cookies can go a long way. That’s how you successfully prepare your house for showing.

When the house gives a great impression, it increases the chance of receiving an offer at the first showing.

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