1. Be flexible when it comes to showing requests, make it easy for agents to schedule showings.
2. Cleanliness is a must and please de-clutter the home and remove the pets.
3. Most importantly, be gone during the showing, buyers feel very uncomfortable when the seller is home during a showing.
2. If possible - make the home as "neutral" as possible. This give the prospective buyers the idea of a "clean slate" to work with. If the first floor is painted lime green, or the home is covered with wallpaper from the 1980's - buyers will focus on this instead of the attributes of the property.
3. If possible, have the owners leave for the showing - and take the pets with!
I've pretty much re-iterated the comments below, but they are all correct! Hope this helps!
#2 - CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
#3 - If they have furniture that doesn't fit the space and causes the room to look smaller or not as useful, then get rid of it! It's better to have empty rooms, than to have rooms with furniture or property that makes the space look less appealing or useable.
2. Keep your house as clean as possible! â€“ Take out your trash every morning. Keep you counters and sinks clear of any unnecessary debris. Childrenâ€™s Toys need to be put away. And make sure your house smells good! Buyers are more likely to turn down a home that has a strange odor.
3. DECLUTTER! â€“ If you donâ€™t need it, PACK IT! This goes for pictures, nick-nacks, toys, decor, clothes, and even furniture. Buyers want to imagine THEIR things in the house, not yours.
Selling your home is not a convenient process. Your agent will do his/her job to sell your house as quickly as possible, but as the seller you have to do your share as well.
Clean the front door, paint if needed and clean the area around the door. The buyers tend to look up at the area above the door when I am opening it. If there is a crack in the brick or spider webs the potential buyers notice it and immediately have reservations about the maintentance of the home.
Inside the home one of the most important areas is the kitchen. Counter tops should be clear of all items except a coffee pot and a fruit bowl with fresh fruit.
Don't spray perfumes, light scented candles or otherwise "stink" up the place. Many people are overwhelmed by the heavy-fingered Glade users. Allergic people just walk out sneezing. Asthmatics won't ever return.
Leave a note if you're willing to repaint a wildly colorful teenager's room, willing to remove some gawdy wall decoration that your mom insisted on giving you, willing to repair something that looks busted, or willing to give something that normally isn't included (like a fridge).