April 19, 2019 at 1:35pm | Allison Ables
Showing your home to potential buyers is more art than science, but there are still a few proven ways to increase your chances of a sale. Allison Ables and her team at Watson Realty have extensive experience with selling houses. If you are selling your home, here are a few smart ways to capture the attention of buyers.

No Pressure
If at all possible, get out of the house! Potential buyers will not speak candidly about the place while you are standing there, and your lingering presence may make them shyer then they should be. Do not hurry the buyer, and do not pressure the buyer. They should have all the time they need to explore the house without the owner hovering over their shoulder.

Be Aware of Buyer Sensitivity
Of course, you want your house to smell as nice and clean as it looks. However, keep in mind that many people have sensitivities to strong odors, and others find certain scents off-putting. So don’t go overboard with scented candles or air fresheners. Fresh baked cookies are a nice touch but burnt cookies are not going to help!

Temperature Matters
You want your open house to be more comfortable than it is outside. That means use the climate control system, and don’t be stingy with it! If it is a normal north-central Florida day (read hot and humid) don’t just turn on the air conditioning, turn it down a little lower than you normally would. Not only is the cool environment welcoming to visitors, but it also displays how well your HVAC system works.

Light It Up!
Turn on the lights. All of the lights! In every room, in the closets, over the back porch – you should make your house as brightly lit as possible. If there are rooms that still seem too dark, use lamps to brighten them up and open all the blinds and curtains. While you should illuminate your appliances if they're ready to show off (leave the oven light on, for example) you should shut off the televisions and computers. You can leave some light music playing if you prefer.

Make it Look Amazing
Staging the home means setting everything up perfectly, even setting up little tableaus or scenes, to help the buyer visualize how great it will be to live there. This might entail lighting up a fireplace, setting the dining room table for an elegant meal, or simply placing some floral touches on the end tables. Effective staging will give your home more personality and encourages buyers to hang around a little longer and use their imaginations about living there one day.

Courtesy, Courtesy, Courtesy
Treat every single person as if they were going to buy the house on the spot. Courtesy is important in all things, but especially for this kind of thing.

Still have questions? Do you need an expert hand to help stage your house, or prepare for a showing? Allison Ables at Watson Realty Corp. can help. Call us today at (352) 745-3969.
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