Here are some tips I came across to make your home more appealing to potential buyers, and encourage them to choose your home. I thought it was information worth sharing.
Always be ready to show your home. The majority of showings are by appointment only, however there are also many last-minute requests from buyers. If you are a seller with a 24-hour notice to show stipulation, you could be cutting yourself off from a lot of buyers.
Be welcoming, but don’t be there. Buyers don’t want to feel like intruders; you want them to imagine owning your home. Don’t make them take off their shoes unless they choose to remove them. It is always best if you can leave the house because most people feel uncomfortable about opening closets or cabinet if you are there while they’re looking. You might leave a bowl of wrapped candy near the front door with a note inviting potential to take them and thanking them for looking at your home.
Control your pets. Not everyone loves your pet as much as you do. Some people may even be allergic. In fact, any signs of pets can be detrimental to getting your home sold; be sure you rid your home of pet odors.
Be cautious of overpowering scents. Some people are allergic to certain scents and deodorizers. Don’t spray anything or plug in any air fresheners or light candles in small rooms. Consider boiling a pot of water with cinnamon and/or vanilla to create a more subtle scent. You can also bake cookies, and then set them out for the potential buyers.
Stage your home appropriately. Home staging is extremely important. Learn about staging your home before showing it. Some people even hire professional home stagers. The way your home is staged can definitely affect whether a showing converts to a sale.