Now that you have your house listed you need to get buyers to the door. There are several things that your real estate agent and you can do to help get buyers to set up showings and bring you offers.
Start on the outside:
Curb appeal is important. Its the first thing that people will see and influences their first impressions of your home. This can help people determine whether or not they want to put an offer in on your home if they do what they think a fair price would be. A home that look poor on the outside gives the wrong impression. A few quick things can help spruce up the outside and make a huge difference.
- Trim trees and bushes in front of windows (can you see the house?).
- Weed, rake, and mulch garden beds.
- Cut dead branches from trees.
- Sweep and clean sidewalks and the driveway.
- Park in the garage or down the street—not in the driveway or in front of the house.
- Remove trash cans and store them in the side yard.
- Close the garage door.
- Thoroughly eliminate cobwebs and dirt near the front door.
For an added touch you can put potted flowers outside your entry door (depending on the season). Just make sure to water them regularly!
Inside Your Home:
When people come to see your home they want to be able to envision it as their home. This probably goes without saying but make sure everything inside is neat and clean and tidy. The less you have around the better it will be. This doesn't mean you have to move everything out but you want to make sure that you are ready for a showing at a moments notice, just in case you get a call while you are at work and they want to show your house in an hour. Be ready for every buyer.
- Clean everything off the kitchen counters.
- Remove from the refrigerator magnets, clippings, your children’s artwork, etc.
- Put away all personal photographs and photos on the walls.
- Make the beds.
- Vacuum and sweep the floors.
- Pick up clothing, toys, and other items from the floor and shuffle them out of sight, as neatly as possible.
Depersonalize your home:
As hard as it is the best thing you can do is to depersonalize your home. This means taking down family photos, religious items and that deer head hanging in the entry way. I know you love these things but you want to remove items that may make it harder for someone to think of this as their new home. Since you are going to be moving soon it might be a good idea to start packing these items up anyway and getting them ready for the move. You can keep them in a box in the attic or basement or the best idea is to rent a storage unit so you have a place to keep things out of the way and help you de-clutter your home.
Appropriate Furniture In Each Room:
You may love that over-sized couch in your living room. or the extra beds in the spare room for company, but those things can make a room look smaller than it should. Perhaps you have an empty room bedroom now that your kids have moved out. Moving out the extra couch will make the room feel bigger, and less cramped. Adding a bed and a chair or desk into the empty room help s people to be able to visualize the room better. Go room by room and remove any extra furniture. Moving things around as needed to give each room a good flow and open feeling.
Your agent or a staging company will be able to give you specific advice on what you should do to have your home ready for pictures and for showings.
Be Ready Everyday:
We know it can be a pain to keep your home in picture perfect condition everyday, but it is important to be ready for showings. You never know when your agent will call and ask to show your home. If you are ready to show when the buyers wants to see your home it increases showings and raises the chances of getting an offer. Life happens and everyone understands that so, if you are sick or just can't show your house one day for whatever reason, let your agent know so they are ready just in case.
Selling your home is an exiting undertaking, and your real estate agent will be with you every step of the way. They will have advice for you on things you can do to help attract more buyers to your home. Listen to them and ask questions. They are a valuable source of information.