When you’re selling your home there are all kinds of things you can do to prepare your home for a showing.  Some are complicated and expensive. Others are simple and easy. The good news is the most important things you can do are quick, easy and inexpensive.

Turn On The Lights The most common objection we get from buyers about any home is “It’s too dark.” After all; who doesn’t want a bright, cheerful home? When buyers enter your home their first impression will be what they remember. Do you want the buyers to remember your home as being bright or as being dark? If your home is being shown buy a buyers agent it will take them a long time to fumble around your home to turn on the lights. If they are in a hurry they won’t bother turning on the lights at all. If you are still living in the home it’s important to turn on the lights. If your home is vacant or you are at work during showings it is vital that your listing agent is nearby and can turn on the lights at your home before the showing.

Open The Blinds This goes along with turning on the lights. Most homebuyers and Realtors are busy. They may be looking at 3 homes on a lunch break. They will not take the time to walk through your home and open all the blinds. They also won’t assume the reason your home is dark is because the blinds are closed. Buyers will simply believe your home is dark and it will be dark after they move in, too.

Turn Down The AC Imagine you are interested in buying a 10 year old home and when you walk in you get hit with a hot blast of air. First off you probably aren’t going to stay in the home very long. What else are you going to think? I’ll tell you what homebuyers will think…they will think the AC doesn’t work and needs to be replaced. Even worse buyers will make assumptions that your home has other costly deferred maintenance items they will need to address. If your home is vacant this is another great reason to hire a listing agent that can turn down the AC for showings. Some sellers are penny wise and pound foolish and are concerned with saving a small amount on their utility bills. What they don’t realize is having a dark, hot house may be the difference between a buyer falling in love with your home or make them buy someone else’s home. That may cost you tens of thousands of dollars in lost market value. Turning on your lights, opening blinds and turning down the AC or having a listing agent who can do that for you will make your home sell faster and for more money. To talk about your specific real estate needs call/text me directly at 512-791-7473 or email me at eric@koparealestate.com.

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