Most of us do at least a few things to make our home more presentable when guests come to visit. Showing your home for sale or preparing for an open house sale is very similar. Think of preparing your home as if you were having not one but hopefully several special guests that will be seeing every aspect of your home. The following are some tips to help you properly prepare for your house buying guests.
Clean. Nothing smells better than clean, unadulterated clean. Open a window to let fresh air in before potential house buyers arrive. Be careful with scented candles and fresheners that may cause allergic reactions in a larger and larger percentage of our population and therefore some of your guests. No one will want to buy a home that they are allergic to.
Create easy access at entrances and make sure there is lots of room for coats and footwear. Make it is easy for a group of people to enter your home at once and that there is lots of space for them to store their outerwear while they visit. Feeling crammed and uncomfortable to start is not a good first impression.
Tidy and reduce clutter. Put away personal belongings. Remember that these special guests will be looking at every inch of your house. There is no just hiding things in a closet or room and closing the door here! Make your house look great and moving day easier by donating, selling, or trashing unused and useless items in your home.
Let guests know where things are. Potential buyers need to know. Imagine these were overnight guests. Show them where light switches, thermostats, and amenities are and how to operate household features. It needs to be obvious what a room is used for and where they can find or put things.
Have the laundry done and put out fresh linens. Make sure the linen closet contents are stacked neatly and there are fresh linens on beds and in bathrooms. Crumpled up towels and dirty socks on the floor will make guests feel unwelcome.
Make an impact on guests with a fresh bouquet, plant or greenery. This would be sure to please the eyes of any dinner guest, and your house buying guests will be equally impressed.
Limit your pets’ presence. You love your pets, but not everyone feels the same way. Put your pet out in the yard, in their kennel or with friends while visitors are seeing your home. Make sure they don’t leave behind any “presents”. No guest is pleased with souvenir dog or cat fur on their clothes.
Treat your potential buyers like special guests and they will want to stay in your home longer, not just as a guest, but as the new owner.
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