If you are selling your South Florida house, condominium or apartment, then you will need to show it to prospective buyers. House showings are extremely important because they give prospective buyers a first impression of the property. A bad first impression and viewers will be that much less inclined to buy. So, here are some tips on how to prepare your house for a successful showing.
This may sound obvious, but having a clean house is probably the most important part. We don’t just mean sweep/mop the floors, do some dusting, and call it a day. We mean clean everything. You need to scrub the baseboards, wipe down the walls, clean all windowsills, steam clean carpets, and more. Every last inch of your house should be sparkling before you open it for public viewing.
It’s not enough to just fix up the interior of the house; you have to fix up the exterior too. Make sure that your house’s curb appeal is on point. This means that your lawn should be cleanly cut and leaves should be raked. The absolute worst thing for viewers to see is a poorly maintained home exterior. Any tools, toys, and pets should be cleaned up after too. Also, make sure that you clean the gutters, fix any paint scratches or dirty spots, and take out the trash.
The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home and for good reason. Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchens and the kitchen usually occupies a central spot in the house. So, your kitchen should be in its best possible condition before a showing. Counters should be cleaned off, fridge doors should be wiped down, and all appliances should be scrubbed.
When a buyer is looking at a house or condo, they want to be able to imagine themselves living there. It can be hard to do this if your house has a bunch of personal objects that make it look lived in by someone else. Go through your house and temporarily remove any personal items like photos of family members, personal artwork, knick-knacks, and any other things that have your personality engraved on them.
Bright garish colors may be more your personal style but they can be off-putting for potential buyers. Bright colors on things like curtains or throw pillows are a no-no. Instead, opt for softer neutral colors like tans, grays, whites, blacks, etc. Viewers have an easier time imagining themselves living in a home when it has a neutral color palette.
Also, go through and replace all lightbulbs in your home and open all blinds. If the interior is dark, viewers won’t be able to see the house in its full glory. It can also help to replace any older fluorescent bulbs with brighter more efficient LEDs. Trying to sell your South Florida home? Contact the team at Great Florida Homes at 954 695 7653.
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