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Published on February 8th, 2018

Top 10 Tips for an Ideal Home Inspection

If your house is on the market, you will naturally want to get the best possible price for it. And one of the best ways to ensure that is to have it looking good whenever potential buyers come around. 

Here are our Top 10 Tips for showing your home: 

10. Be willing to show anytime (almost). The more people who see your home the more likely it is to sell. So, while it may be an inconvenience to show your home at dinner time, reheating your meal is a small price to pay for a quick sale. 

9. Be prepared for last minute showings. When your home goes on the market you have to be prepared to show it anytime (see point above). If this does happen your family may need to have a plan of how to prepare for it. This doesn’t mean a major last minute clean up, just simple tasks such as cleaning the kitchen benches, putting dirty clothes out of sight and running the vacuum over the floor. 

8. Set the temperature. If you have a central heating system or air conditioner make sure the temperature is set to a comfortable level. An overly hot or cold house can make buyers wonder if the home is poorly insulated. 

7. Air out before you open. Every home smells better if it has had fresh air flowing through it, so, before your property is shown, open the doors and windows and let the breeze in. This is especially important if you have pets or smokers in the house. 

6. Turn music on. Soft background music can have a calming effect on people. Don’t department stores use background music to put us in a comfortable “buying” mood? And speaking of sounds, make sure the television is OFF when buyers come in to your home. 

5. Light up. Before buyers come in to your home turn on every light in the house. This gives you the opportunity to select the best lighting effects for each room and also makes it easier for the buyer to see the property clearly. Don’t forget the garage or storage areas where light switches may be hard to find. 

4. Keep out of sight. If your agent is bringing a buyer to your home, say hello and then leave them to walk around your home (and talk) freely. Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in your home if they’re going to buy and your presence could make that difficult for them.

3. No pets or children. Make sure pets and children are out of the way when your property is being shown. Buyers may be afraid of or allergic to pets and as cute as children can be, they are a distraction to buyers.

2. Don’t give the buyer information. If you’ve ignored the points above and decided to stay while your home is being shown, try to resist the urge to chat to buyers or offer them additional information. What you consider to be a strong selling point might be a complete turn off to the particular buyer. 

1. Tell everyone you’re on the market. If your home is for sale, make sure you mention this to everyone you talk to. Word of mouth is a very strong marketing tool. You never know, your neighbours two doors down might have a friend who’s been wanting to move into the area.

Courtesy: Echo News Sep 2017


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