When you’re selling a home in Knoxville, your REALTOR® will arrange all your showings – she’ll let you know when prospective buyers want to swing by and coordinate with the seller’s agent to make your home available. But there are some things you can do to make every showing spectacular… and you should check them out before you put your house on the market.
3 Awesome House-Showing Tips for Sellers
First things first: You should be as flexible as possible when it comes to home showings. You don’t have to let buyers come by in the middle of the night or early Sunday morning, but you do have to make your home as available as possible. You never want to miss an opportunity that you don’t absolutely have to miss!
That aside, these three tips can help ensure that every showing goes off without a hitch:
- Ensure your home is spotless
- Stage your home so that it looks livable
- Remove all pet gear when you leave
Here’s a closer look at each.
Awesome Home-Showing Tip #1: Ensure Your Home is Spotless
When you sell a home, you’re actually selling more than four walls and a roof; you’re selling a lifestyle. That means you want to show buyers that your home is clean and easy to maintain, because that’s what buyers really want. The best way to do that is to ensure that your home is spotless for every showing.
Many people choose to hire a professional cleaning service to do a one-time deep-clean of the property. Professionals know all the hot-spots (and the spots that everyone tends to miss). Once that’s done, all you have to do is maintain the experts’ work while your home is on the market.
Awesome Home-Showing Tip #2: Stage Your Home So That it Looks Livable
Staging is an incredibly important part of selling a home. It can be surprisingly simple, too. Essentially, you want your home to appeal to the widest range of buyers; that means removing any over-the-top decor, clearing out furniture that gets in the way of walking paths through the home, and adding neutral items (such as things you’d see in your favorite luxury hotel).
Take down personalized decor so buyers can envision their belongings in your home, and arrange your furniture so that it doesn’t interrupt your floor plan. Remove excess items in the kitchen (including anything you haven’t used in six months or more) so the cabinets are roomier, and take everything off your countertops. Make the beds with fresh new linens, add some fresh flowers to your bathroom countertops, and put some charming coffee table books out in the living room.
You can hire a professional home stager, though your Knoxville REALTOR® will also be happy to give you some personalized advice.
Awesome Home-Showing Tip #3: Remove All Pet Gear When You Leave
If you have pets, take their food dishes, beds and toys with you when you leave for a showing. Even if people love animals, they don’t tend to want to see evidence that they live in a home they’re considering buying. And of course, you should always take your pets with you when prospective buyers come to tour your home.
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