When you first start showing your home, it goes without saying that there are some things that shouldn’t be in it. The things that you want removed, however, might not be what you think. Here are a few of them:
DON’T stick around during showings. When a seller is present at a showing of their own Brantford/Brant County home, it creates an awkward situation for everyone involved. Buyers don’t feel comfortable giving their honest feedback about your property, and they’ll feel rushed. You want buyers to be able to spend as much time in your home as they like, and you want them to feel comfortable. After all, they have to be able to envision themselves living there one day!
Find a pet sitter. It might seem unfair, but you will have to find a temporary home for your pets during showings. Not everyone is comfortable around animals, and even if your chocolate lab is friendly as can be, they could end up scaring away potential buyers. The best thing to do is temporarily board them, find a doggy day care, take them to a dog park for a few hours or find a friend to watch them for you.
Avoid a themed room. We know that you might love your hockey-themed room, but having a space that’s so strikingly categorized can turn off buyers. It’s distracting, and they find themselves paying attention to the theme you’ve chosen for the space instead of its potential as a room. People may have a problem seeing past what you’ve done with the place instead of what they can do with it.
De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. You want clean, organized surfaces. You don’t want each space to look bare, but you DO want to avoid too much personal clutter or decoration. Remember: you want potential buyers to see themselves and their belongings in your space. This is hindered by an abundance of your own clutter everywhere they look. Get organized before showing time.
Try to keep things as impersonal as possible. All of your décor, furnishings and publicly shown items should be as impersonal as possible. It’s not that your taste in decorating is bad, per se, but showing too much of yourself to potential buyers could shape their opinion of your property in a way that is unfavorable to you. It’s best to keep things as neutral as possible.
If you can avoid having these items in your home after listing it for sale in the Brantford/Brant County Real Estate market, then there’s a much better likelihood that you’ll have a seamless real estate transaction. More buyers will be interested in your home. The key to having a speedy and successful transaction is to proactively avoid potential conflict on your side of the deal. These are a few steps you can take to have a flawless selling strategy.
As always, if you have questions about what you need to do to list a home in the Brantford/Brant County Real Estate market, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d be happy to give you guidance and advice throughout your entire transaction. I hope to hear from you soon!
Wally Dufrat | Sales Representative
RE/MAX Twin City Realty, Inc. Brokerage
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