As promised we are back with a bonus edition of our Mailbag segment. This week we had a great question from Kyle in Maple Grove in regards to showing a listing. Kyle asks, “I have some friends that are selling their home and they often talk about cleaning before their scheduled showings. I was curious do you have any advice that can make a home feel more welcoming? I have suggested music and chocolates, but I haven’t sold them on these ideas. In your opinion can music or snacks give you an edge when showing your home?”
We brought in one of our experts, Marilyn Richter. Marilyn has been an agent for 32 years and trust me when I tell you she has an immaculate attention for detail. Those small details can make a big difference when setting your listing apart from others on the market. Here is what Marilyn had to say about utilizing chocolates and music for an upcoming showing. “I think condition of the home is much more important than chocolates or music. In my opinion, first impressions are extremely important when showing a house. Just like having a party, you only get one chance on that “first feel” as people approach and enter the home. I generally don’t encourage music as it can make people uncomfortable and unsure if the homeowners are home. Besides it is difficult to know how genres of music will resonate with each individual taste.”
We had Marilyn further elaborate on ways you could present a welcoming first impression. “I have seen and heard about clients that determined the listing wasn’t for them based off the appearance of the house from the street! So you need to start with the exterior of the home. This is where the client begins their assessment of your listing. Therefore, I stress the importance of a neatly cut lawn and trimmed shrubs. Planting flowers around your home can really spruce up the ambiance. Also, in the winter be sure to keep your driveway and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice. Windows should also be kept clear of landscape items and cleaned.”
“Upon entering the home, lights should be on everywhere and window treatments open so the home looks cheerful and welcoming. Ideally, it would be best to have walls freshly and neutrally painted, woodwork cleaned, as well as carpeting stretched and shampooed.”
Marilyn shared one final perspective to consider when preparing your home for a showing. “You want your guest to imagine how their life fits into this house instead of thinking that this is someone else’s home. One way you can assist your visitor’s imagination is to make sure rooms are uncluttered. What I mean by that is limit the amount of furniture, pictures and knick knacks on shelves. Less clutter will make the home show open and larger. This will allow your guest to visualize how their belongings will fit into their future home.”
We want to thank Marilyn Richter for her great insight on Kyle’s question. For more tips or further explanation Marilyn’s contact information can be reached here. We also want to remind our readers that Roger Fazendin REALTORS® provides a stager as part of our service to assist you in “setting the stage” for your showings. If you have any questions for next month’s entry feel free to email email@example.com or simply comment on a post. Thank you for reading. We will be back the first week of February with our REALTOR® Profile.