How to get your home show-ready

August 4, 2018

Selling your home when you’re in a rush to move can be stressful. And the best way to try and sell your home as soon as possible is to have it on show. People can’t rely on home descriptions and photographs alone to make up their mind about a place that will become their own home.  

They need to walk through the house to see and feel the space. They want to picture their lives in your house and visualise what it could be like to live in it. So, find yourself a realtor who can help you organise your home to be on show and on everyone’s must-see list. Then it’s up to you to make sure your home is show-ready at all times to welcome every interested buyer.    

A fresh coat of paint

You need to make your home feel brand new again and nothing does that better than a fresh coat of paint on the walls. You might think your walls are still white, but you’ll be surprised after you apply your first stroke of fresh white paint. And that goes for any colour you may have on your walls.

You can make your home look a few years younger just by repainting the walls. The colour will be crisp and the walls will look immaculate. Keep the colours neutral so that it will be easier for prospecting homeowners to envision making the space work with what they’ve got and not being put off by too bold of a colour scheme or the effort that will come with painting over it themselves.

Put couch covers over your furniture

You might be taking all of your furniture and couches with you when you move out, but having it in the house while it’s on-show will give viewers a good idea of how to make the space work. As seating is an important part of any home, it will be in your favour to keep your couches neat. Sure, guests may not be paying for them, but you don’t want to risk losing their interest because they have noticed cat scratches, stains or marks on your couches. It might make them wonder about how you’ve taken care of the rest of the house since living there and they’ll be right back out of the front door.

You don’t have to buy brand new couches just for the show (although, it might be an opportunity to buy new furniture for the new place), but the least you could do is find couch covers for sale and put it over your seating. Sofa covers are good to have anyway, as it will maintain the quality and look of your couch for years to come. And just like that, you have a Pinterest-worthy living room for buyers to swoon over.

Let in the light

Nothing in a home is more inviting than light. Everyone feels comfortable and at home in a house that has plenty of natural light streaming through. Open your blinds and curtains during a viewing and make sure, on gloomier days, that you have some lights on the inside of the house too. Not only will it make your home homier, but letting in the light will also make the rooms feel bigger.  

Have a few windows open to let in some fresh air and make sure your windows are clean as well. As a general rule, your entire house should be clean at all times during the show period.  

Ensnare the senses

Some people bake cookies to offer their home-viewers something to nibble on and enjoy the aroma, but that leads to crumbs that you need to clear up and a dangerous amount of leftover cookies for you to eat every time.

Luckily, there are other ways to ensnare the senses and create an aromatic atmosphere throughout your house. Essential oils, diffusers and scented candles can be used to relax your guests and make your house smell amazing.

There are so many different smells to choose from in this regard, but if you want to slightly manipulate your prospective buyers, you need to choose the scents with calming effects that will really make them feel at home in your house. Some of these calming scents include lavender, lemon, rosemary, jasmine, peppermint and cinnamon.  

Show off the décor opportunities

It’s not the easiest thing, as a buyer, to visualise all your own furniture in a house that’s filled with other people’s’ belongings. So, as a seller, it’s your duty to keep your home as neutral and impersonal as possible, while showing off the endless décor opportunities that will make it easier for them to place their own furniture.

That means you should keep the family portraits and personal photographs off the walls and rather place art, shelves, clocks or hangers there instead. Keep your furniture in its original places but remove anything that takes up unnecessary space. You want people to be able to easily move around and for them to see an open spot and think “that would be the perfect place for my side table”, for example. When they feel at home, you can start relaxing into your new home.

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