photo used with permission from Dana Branham Photography
Last week, I gave you some tips on how to get your house clean for a showing fast. This week, I have some tips to make your home feel inviting and comfortable for potential home-buyers during showings. Some of these tips can even be repurposed for when you're just having company over!
Liz Marie of Liz Marie Blog has some great ideas on how to prepare for a showing. In addition to making sure your home is clean and decluttered, consider these ways of making your home even more show-friendly.
1. Make sure all the rooms are cleaned.
This one goes without saying -- a dirty or cluttered home simply won't show well. Check out this 31-day home decluttering plan and this pre-showing home cleaning checklist for ways to clean and declutter efficiently.
2. Make your house smell good.
Light a candle, make a pot of coffee, turn on a wax warmer, or maybe give the air a spritz of air freshener. Try to keep any scents warm and light. Avoid any scents that might be overwhelming to a potential buyer, and definitely avoid any pet smells in the home. No one wants to buy a house that smells of dog slobber or litter boxes.
3. Let the light in.
Open the blinds or curtains, and turn on any overhead lights and lamps. A well-lit home looks so much more inviting than a dim one. (Before the showing, make sure you don't have any lightbulbs out, and that all bulbs in a room match color and intensity. This can help your listing photographer, too!)
4. Stage the home.
In the kitchen, hide unnecessary items in the pantry or in a cabinet. The fewer items you have out on the counters, the better people are able to focus on your home itself. In living areas and bedrooms, make sure beds are made, pillows are neat, and use throw pillows and blankets to make your home stand out.
5. Take your pets with you.
Cute as your furry friends might be, they'll only be a source of distraction (or worse: fear or anxiety) for someone looking at your home. Take them for a walk during the showing, or bring them to a friend's house.
6. Play music.
Soft, peaceful music can help put a potential buyer in a good mood while they look through your house, and it can set the tone for a good showing.