Here’s another post from my “News You Can Use” Client newsletter…
The less time buyers spend in your home, the less likely they’ll be to purchase it. Create a welcoming atmosphere – one that encourages buyers to linger long enough for a good look around your home – with these tips.
Make sure the temperature inside your home is comfortable – not too hot, not too cold. This is especially important at this time of year, when the mercury is spiking and air conditioners are put to the test.
Lighten and brighten your home’s interior. A dark home doesn’t exactly exclaim to buyers, “Welcome! Stay for a while!” Not to mention a home is more difficult to navigate in the dark, potentially causing accidents. So replace those burnt bulbs, turn up those dimmers, flick those switches, and open those window treatments.
Have some low-key music at the ready – soft jazz, classical, or ambient, for example – so you or your real estate representative can just press play (volume set to low, of course) before potential buyers arrive for showings.
Leave out some refreshments. Freshly baked goods have the added benefit of making your home smell, well, homey – exactly the goal. And some chilled water bottles or pitcher of iced tea will be particularly appreciated this time of year and help you stand out in buyers’ memories.
Lastly, don’t be home. Few things make buyers more uncomfortable than the homeowner’s presence during showings; feeling they’re intruding, buyers are more likely to rush through the showing so they can leave. Have an exit strategy planned for last-minute showings, be it going for coffee or taking Fido for a walk.