1. Clear Clutter
This means everywhere! Simply opening an outdoor storage space and spying a bunch of old mops or dusty soccer trophies can undermine someone’s interest in your home. On the other hand, when every nook and cranny of your home is empty, or (if you still live there) contains nothing but things that you love, need, and will use again, people can look forward to, and actually see themselves having, an easy, breezy, and 100% positive move-in experience. This can make all the difference.
2. Remove Family Pictures
If you’re still living in the house, store personal photos rather than displaying them. This works in a number of ways. First, it’s an affirmation that you’ll be leaving soon and begins to move your personal energy out of the space, which creates the space for someone new to enter. It also allows the potential home buyers to more easily envision the home as theirs, rather than causing them to feel that they’re encroaching on your territory. And as we learned in the first example, selling a home successfully is all about the potential home buyers’ ability to perceive, in a positive light, their future in the space.
3. Attention to the Front Door
The front door is the all-important first impression. In no small way, it sets the tone for someone’s entire experience of your house. Therefore, make sure it doesn’t squeak or stick. Repair it, give it a paint job, shine the door knob, or do whatever else it needs in order to sparkle. You might also want to invest in a new doormat and make sure any plants around the entrance are vibrantly healthy.
4. Prominent, Attractive Address Numbers
Ideally, we want the house hunters to arrive in a dreamy, “the world is my oyster” sort of mood. But, if the address numbers are not easily visible, they might have trouble finding the place and arrive annoyed, harried, or confused. Needless to say, none of these feelings (even if only felt slightly) lend themselves to falling in love with a house. In addition to making sure that they’re visible, make sure they’re attractive and have a cheerful feeling to them. For example, if they’re slanting downward, you might want to rearrange them so that they’re horizontal or slanting upward, either of which will cause them to impart a more uplifting feeling.
5. Pleasing Scent
It might be a good idea to diffuse an all-natural, universally non-offensive aroma such as vanilla, spearmint, or peppermint. Simply purchase a bottle of essential oil and, just before the viewing, place a few drops in a diffuser or pot of steaming hot water.
6. Attention to Detail
Although no one may consciously notice that you swept the doorstep or shined the knobs on the kitchen cupboards, attention to little details positively affects the overall home viewing experience exponentially.