Most people know the basics of preparing a home for a viewing : Make sure everything is clean and tidy,mow the lawn,create a fresh scent etc.
But there are a number of lesser tips- tips you often don't hear about-that can make your home more attractive and desirable to potential buyers.
In the kitchen, for example, it's obvious that the stove,sink and countertops should be spotless. But did you know that grinding a lemon will help eliminate any lingering odours ? You should also arrange the contents of your cabinets and refrigerator to face forward.
In the bathrooms, make sure the toilet lids are closed. Hang matching towel sets.
Moving onto the bedrooms, check that nothing is lying around. Even the shirt draped neatly over a chair can appear messy to some people.
In the kids' rooms, the toys should be "staged", not just flung around. For example, set up a train set like an appealing store display. Don't just have bits and pieces scattered on the floor.
If possible, move half the contents of all closets into storage. This makes a big difference in how spacious they'll appear.
Turn on everything: all lights (even the ones above the stove), the fireplace, the backyard and so on.
And here's another uncommon tip. House plants look their best -brighter,more upright and alive- approximately 4 hours after you have water them.
Finally, put on some listening tunes to create a pleasant auditory background. Keep the volume low. No one should have difficulty talking above the music.
All these tips take just minutes to implement, but they can make a BIG difference on how your home shows. Studies prove that a well prepped home will often sell faster, and for a higher price, so it's worth the effort.
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