22 Mar 2013
When selling your home, you’ll undoubtedly do all you can to present your house beautifully and attract buyers to your door. You may now be wondering what’s next- what more can you possibly do to ensure the sale of your home?
After all your hard work, buyers have no doubt started enquiring about your home and your first inspection is on the way to being booked in. Here are a few handy inspection tips that will help set your home apart from the rest:
- Your hours of cleaning will no doubt have removed most unwanted odours, but its important to keep things fresh. Carpet deodorisers and air fresheners may help, but it’s always best to remove the source rather than mask it.
- Fresh flowers, reed diffusers, and scented oil burners will all enhance your home’s ambiance. Don’t let the smell over power buyers senses; there’s nothing like walking into a fog of incense to bring on a migraine, but a subtle hint of a calming oil may be just what’s needed to set the right mood.
- If you’re hosting a summer inspection, open the windows and let the fresh air blow through your home. A sparkling home with clean linen and fresh air will always be enticing.
- Show off your home’s features by keeping it at a comfortable temperature. In the warmer months you can impress buyers with your house’s cooling features, and in the cooler months your home’s heating system will leave buyers feeling snug.
- Soft background music gently humming along in the background can help set a calming mood and help to sell the lifestyle your home affords.
- Remove your pets during inspections. Some buyers are wary of animals, particularly if they have children with them. Take your dogs for a walk, or call on a relative or a friend to ‘babysit’ your pets for you during inspection day.
- Buyers will feel more comfortable without the property owner watching their every move, and they’ll be free to concentrate on the home. It’ll be much more difficult for buyers to visualise themselves living in the home if you’re standing there looking over their shoulders.
- Make the most of your ‘new listing’ status, and ensure first inspections are memorable. Remember, your best offer will likely come in the first 4 to 6 weeks of your house going on the market.