First impressions can make a big difference when selling your home. A buyer wants to imagine themselves at home from the first time they see a home for sale. Knowing that, how can you show your home in the best light?
Wendy Weeden, Denver REALTOR®, offers 20 tips for sellers on how to best show
Make a Great Impression Showing your Home
- First impressions are lasting. The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it’s fresh, clean, and free of dings and scratches.
- Keep lawn trimmed and edged in the summer and shoveled in the winter. Walks, steps, and driveways must be clear of debris.
- Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look when you can show him/her by redecorating. A quicker sale at a higher price will result.
- Let the sunshine in. Open drapes and blinds and put in bright lightbulbs.
- Fix the faucet. Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.
- Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have a pre-inspection and have them fixed!
- From top to bottom. Remove all unnecessary articles and declutter from basement to attic to closets and countertops
- Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid clutter & possible injuries
- Make closets look bigger. Organize and tidy up for space
- Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking. Put away your valuables!
- Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture and freshen the bed linens with attractive colors, no fading.
- Can you see the light? Turn on all lights for showings.
- Three’s a crowd. Limit the number of people during a showing so the prospect isn’t hurried.
- Music is mellow. Turn off the tv shows and turn on soft music
- Pets underfoot. Keep them out of the way and out of the house preferably. Did you do poop patrol outside?
- Silence is golden. Be courteous but don’t force conversation with the prospect. Better yet, don’t be in the house!
- Be it ever so humble. Never apologize for the appearance of your home, but it really should be show ready!
- Why put the cart before the horse? Trying to dispose of furniture and furnishings to the potential buyer before he/she has purchased the house often loses the sale.
- A word to the wise. Don’t oversell. The home will sell itself!
- Remember the Golden Rule. Treat your prospect the way you want to be treated. You’ll never go wrong!
Wendy Weeden is a highly sought out, multi-state REALTOR for EXIT Realty in Denver, Colorado.
Originally published November 2, 2017 — Updated January 9, 2020