When you decide to have a showing for your house, you’d better do your best during the preparation. Otherwise, your potential buyers won’t get enough good impression, and the value of your home may even decrease.
In this article, you’ll learn three tips that can help you ace the showings. We’ll start from the house’s curb appeal, then interior decoration, and last, the utilities.
Work on the Curb Appeal Efficiently
When you’re thinking about having a showing, the time you have is usually not more than a month. In that case, your improvement plan must be as efficient as possible. To know where to start, you should get out of your house and observe how it looks from across the street.
Normally, you’ll first notice the roof, windows, front wall, and garden fence (if any). You should check if the paints in those parts need repainting. And any cracks and visible defects must be repaired as well. If you can’t do that job yourself, call a handyman immediately.
Also, tend the plants in the garden. Trim all the overgrown bushes and dead twigs. Mow the lawn so that everything on the front side of your house looks neat and inviting to anyone who sees it.
Remember that you need only a quick fix on all the eyesores on the curb appeal. Do not add unnecessary embellishments or make a total replacement on the broken parts.
Touch Up the Interior
A touch-up on the interior should start with decluttering unessential belongings and furniture. The general rule here is to make the house as spacious as possible. And remember not to be sentimental about the stuff that you are going to throw away because you declutter the house to make it attractive to potential buyers, not to make things according to your taste (even if you are a strong believer of arrangement principles like feng shui, vastu, or wabi-sabi).
Second, examine if there are holes in the curtain, cracks on the wall, noisy hinges, or any ugliness that can be a turn off to the showing’s visitors, and fix them. Third, deep clean everything so that no dust is visible on any surface in the house. Hire a group of professional house cleaners to make your life easier. Lastly, create a welcoming and warm atmosphere with proper lighting and scented candles. Make every room smell nice and well-illuminated.
Get Total Repair for Any Problems with the Utilities
The utilities in your house include electricity, plumbing, and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). You should first get an audit on the power lines in the house and see if there are any faulty wires or appliances. Having your house’s energy efficiency tested and improved can also be a plus point for the house’s sale.
The same thing should be applied to the plumbing system and HVAC. Hire a professional to check them and fix any found problems. What you need here are their reports. You can use them as a negotiation instrument when a buyer wants to strike a lower price.