Staging Your Arizona Home
Preparing for the Showing Your Home
The first time the buyer saw your home was in a real estate portal on the internet.
If the buyer liked what they saw on their computer, their SECOND viewing will be an appointment to go to your home. They will want to see the neighborhood and, of course, to get a feel for your home, its layout, condition, traffic flow, storage, etc. They are coming to "try it on", so to speak. Don't disappoint!
How's the curb appeal? Make them want to get out of the car. Lawn mowed? Planting area trimmed, weeded and colorful? Cobwebs and dust removed from the front door? Let your pride of ownership shine.
Inside your home has to sparkle, clutter stored away, sink emptied, used towels and dish rags in the washer. Counters cleared. Does your home smell fresh? No odors from last night's fish dinner or pets.
When it comes time to show your property, here are some suggestions that will help make the process go more smoothly and result in an offer being written.
- Enhance drive-up appeal by removing clutter, cleaning stains off the driveway and touching up the exterior paint where needed.
- Remove dead and dying plants and consider adding color with a door wreath, hanging baskets or pots of flowers.
- A nicely trimmed and edged lawn always makes a good first impression.
- Maintain your home in ready-to-show condition with beds made, clutter removed, dishes put away and so forth. Then, you’re always ready for a showing as soon as you get the phone call.
- Showcase your home as if you are receiving guests... turn on lights, open blinds and drapes, place flowers in vases, hang your best towels, have sliced apples and cinnamon sticks warming in the oven and play soft background music.
- Sparkling clean windows let the sun shine through.
- Give the carpets a good cleaning to remove stains and odors, or even re-carpet if you feel it’s appropriate.
- Cracked or peeled paint and smudges on walls are easy fixes that, once taken care of, can give the home a fresh, like-new look. A fresh coat of paint does wonders for your home's salability as long as it is a neutral color!
- Keep your home tidy and pets outdoors to enhance your showings.
- By now you should have removed seasonal clothing from your closet and folded it in a drawer or packed and stored in a box in the garage. Don't let prospective buyers think your home doesn't have enough storage and closet area. Don't be a hoarder... or at least don't leave evidence inside your home that proves you are.
- In most cases, silence is golden. If you must be present for the showing, it’s best to excuse yourself and visit a neighbor, walk around the block or sit on your patio with a book. Refer questions asked of you to your listing agent.
- For safety purposes, it’s wise to have your home shown to a buyer ONLY when their buyer's agent is present. You should also put away your personal documents, medications and valuable items such as jewelry and collectibles. If a potential buyer sees your For Sale sign and decides to knock on your door to see your home, DO NOT ALLOW ENTRY. Thank the buyer and explain your REALTOR advised against doing so. Ask for their contact information to give to your agent to call and qualify the buyer. If you don't feel comfortable doing so, then give the buyer your agent's business card and have the buyer or the buyer's agent call your agent to schedule a showing.
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