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The best advice on how to sell your home is to think like a retailer. First of all, what catches your eye about your favorite store? Is it the trendy clothing so artfully displayed in the window? Does that draw you in? Here is where you need to think curb appeal. I have had several buyers who have met me at a home and have refused to go in based on the “feeling’ they get from the outside.
Secondly, you need to create ambiance or a mood inside as well. What is the ambiance of your favorite cafe or store in town? How do they use lighting, color and furniture placement to create that ambiance (of course you don’t want your house looking like a coffee shop but you get the idea). You might not mind walking around the big oversize chair in the living room but it will give buyers the impression that the space is too small and cramped. Edit pieces of furniture to create better flow, leave the lights on if at all possible, and create a neutral color palette so buyers can see the details of your home and not your stuff.
Make It Beautiful
Lastly, retailers spend a good amount of time and money to draw you in and keep you there. They are trying to appeal to the masses and so should you. Most of us have a few unfinished projects like paint touch up, garden beds that need to be tended to and garages that need to be organized. I heard a statistic the other day when I was listen to Dave Ramsey and he said the return on investment of “fix-up dollars” is enormous when selling your home, especially when you spend $1000 or less. Think about how much paint (the best and most inexpensive way to update your home) and landscaping you could buy. Want some additional ideas of where else you could make improvements, see my previous post @https://www.greenteamhq.com/get-ready-list-sell/
What to do with Fido during house showings can be complicated. Let’s face it, it is hard to have your home on the market and get it show-room ready at the drop of a hat. Add a pet into the mix, especially a dog, and it gets way more complicated. Yes, I know you are an animal lover (as am I) but not everyone is. Pets leave odors, even in the cleanest of homes, and like the Febreze commercial says, you have gone nose-blind to it. I know, we have a dog. So what is a pet lover to do?
Here are some suggestions:
Baking soda sprinkled on the carpets (let sit for 20 minutes) and then vacuum. Don’t go crazy with plug ins and artificial fragrance (potential buyers could be allergic). There are odor absorbing beads (Natural Magic is one brand) you can place around your home.
If weather permits, leave a few windows open (or for about 20 minutes prior).
Put 2 cap fulls of vanilla extract in a coffee cup in the oven at 300 degrees for about an hour and the whole house will smell wonderful.
Options for where to put furry friends (this mainly applies to dogs)
If you can, take your dog for a walk while your home is being shown.
Having an outside kennel in the backyard. Potential buyers could still walk around the yard and your dog would be secure.
Clients walking around the yard it is important to remember to pick up after your furry friend.
An inside kennel would work as well.
If none of the other options are available to you then place your dog in a room (say a utility room) with a sign on the door, do not enter, dog inside.
If you have a feline friend make sure the litter box is empty (at least when you leave).
One last thing, your agent should put a comment in the showing instructions that there is a pet and where the pet will be located. I have been surprised a few times by a dog and a few clients didn’t feel comfortable entering the home.