Finishing Touches for Home Sales

By: John West

Having planned your home sale carefully and really taken the time to make your home shine like a diamond you may find yourself asking "What's left that I can do to make this place a little more impressive?" Well, let's look at at the list and make sure everything is taken care of before we move on. The home has been cleaned and prepared for showing. The furniture is arranged in the best possible fashion to show off the size of the rooms. All surfaces are clear save for a few decorative elements. The yard is clean and clear with trimmed lawns and bushes and well tended gardens. So what's left?

This is the time when you really want to worry about the little things that buyers notice when they are looking around your home. Or maybe the things that buyers will smell around your home. Pet smells are a big culprit here. If you have pets, chances are that there will be some odor that you may have grown accustomed to and don't really notice anymore. Eliminating these odors can be a big bonus to any home sale. If you don't have pets then it's still a good idea to try and make sure that your home smells as pleasant as possible before potential buyers come to visit. If you are one of those people with a taste for strong smelling or spicy foods, then avoid them for a day or two before the show.

This is also a good time to consider how each room will present to viewers and whether or not any small changes need to be made anywhere. Think about the light in each room. Is it sufficient to light up the room? You don't want rooms to appear gloomy, especially if the home is showing in the evening. Posters on the walls? This might not be the best selling tool. Replacing posters with properly framed prints can make a room look more complete and cultured.

On the day of the show get up early and do a final clean of the home. Dust everywhere so that everything looks it's best when viewers arrive. Make sure that any breakfast mess is cleared away and there aren't any clothes lying about from the past few days. Try to envision that show home in the magazines and as you leave the home for the day think about what viewers will notice first when they arrive and when they first enter the house. Make sure that these are positive things and the show will go according to plan.

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