Home Selling Advice, "How to Maximize Foot Traffic to Your Next Open House"
Finding a buyer for your next listing can always be a challenge in today's market. There are various ways to maximize your exposure for your listings.
Review the following list of items that can help you with your next "Open House".
• Curb appeal is the first impression of your house. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression.
• Paint or wash the exterior of the house (including window casings, shutters, and doors).
• Wash the windows inside & out
At the Front Door
• Make sure the porch and foyer are in good repair and clean if necessary.
• Ensure that the door bell works.
• A fresh coat of paint or varnish on the front door makes a great first impression.
• Repair door locks and key access.
• Use warm lighting to showcase your house and make it more inviting to potential buyers.
• During the day, open curtains and blinds to make the house bright and cheery.
• At night, turn on indoor and outdoor lights to make your house welcoming.
Clear the Clutter
• Potential buyers are interested in storage space as well as living space. Make storage areas more appealing by keeping them neat and clutter -free.
• Remove unnecessary items from attics, basements, and garages and donate them to local charity.
• Straighten and organize closets and cabinets.
Keep it Clean
• Buyers use cleanliness as an indicator of how well a house has been maintained. Every inch of the house is subject to inspection.
• Clean kitchen cabinets and appliances inside and out.
• Wash bathroom sinks, tubs, and counters and clear them of clutter.
Make the Minor Repairs
• Make minor, inexpensive home repairs to reduce negative impressions.
• Painting can be a wise investment, but choose colors that appeal to everyone.
• Repair faucet leaks and replace unsightly fixtures. Make sure windows & doors open easily.
• Fill your home with welcoming aromas like fresh flowers or cookies baking in the oven.
• Purchase air neutralizers or carpet fresheners to remove unwanted odors.
• Avoid smoking in your home.
Make it Their Home
• Potential buyers want to imagine your house as their house. Remove personal touches that make the house seem "lived in".
• Put away family photographs, awards, souvenirs and collectibles.
• Get rid of items that may offend others who do not share your views or sense of humor.
Mind your Pets
• Not every prospect will be a pet-lover. When showing your house, keep pet outside or put away.
• Tidy up pet toys and food bowls to avoid extra clutter around the house.
• Vacuum upholstery to keep it free of pet hair and allergens.
Clean the Garage
• If you use your garage for storage, clean it out and rent a storage space.
• If your garage is unfinished, install wallboard or build storage shelves on back wall.
• A clean garage will help solidify a buyer's impression of a home in move-in condition.
The Back Yard
• The back yard is not the first impression, but it can be a lasting one. Make sure to keep the lawn manicured and tidy.
• Keep pools properly maintained and clean them regularly.
• Remove children's play equipment to make the yard appear more spacious.
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