Tips for Showing a Property to Prospective Buyers

January 25, 2016 by  
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If you’re trying to sell your first house, you might have noticed the market is on the competitive side right now. This is because there are greater numbers of millennials entering the market, and these people have very specific ideas in mind for their first home. Here are some tips you can use to try and stage your home to sell for millennial buyers.

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Appearances

Millenial buyers are expecting a home not unlike the kind they see on television, so make sure you’ve given your property a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint. White works best, but earthtones can also accomplish this task if your home has the right color scheme. Have the grout on tiling steam cleaned to restore the white sheen of the mortar, and make sure your windows are cleaned. It might also help to invest in some modern-looking lighting or décor, which you can take with you to the new home when you’ve sold your existing one.

Stage the Home

Another technique agents like to recommend to home sellers is staging, which can be done professionally or on your own. Staging involves rearranging furniture to make the home look more inviting. Research some feng shui tactics, arrange couches so that living rooms feel open and inviting, and be sure your master bedroom is kept in impeccable condition. You might also stage various rooms of the house depending on what they might be used for. Even if you don’t have a need for a home office, you can attract potential buyers who do if you create one.

Lock Up Pets

When prospective buyers come to see the home, they won’t want to wrestle with man’s best friend to get through the gate. Even small dogs can be intimidating to people who are not dog people, so never assume your dogs get along with everyone. Cat can be particularly problematic thanks to the fur they leave behind in their daily routines. If you own cats, it might be best for you to board them while you show your property. Be sure to also give your home a thorough vacuuming to avoid offending the allergies of potential buyers.

Final Thoughts

Curb appeal is a big deal, so hire a gardener ahead of time and groom your lawn. If your lawn has been going gold for the drought season, give your sprinkler system a few extra minutes to green things up a bit. The investment is worth it when you close the deal on your home, and receive the check you’ll use for a down payment on the new property.
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