Make it easy for them to come in.
One of the things I stress when speaking with sellers during my home staging consultation is letting a buyer see the possibilities of their home.
This is why editing the excess is so important. However, another important "to do" that every seller needs to do is make sure that each room invites a buyer in.
One of my favorite shows is American Pickers on the History Channel. On one episode, Mike and Frank were asked to source items for William Shatner’s home. Upon completion of the project, Captain Kirk (Mr. Shatner) was very happy with the results.
He then said… “The room invites you in.”
And that’s what we want all rooms to do, especially when you’re hoping to show your buyers the possibilities of your home.
Agents will tell you that if a buyer merely pokes their head in the rooms then moves on to the next, chances are they are not considering an offer.
What you can do…
1.Visit each room, stand at the door and look at what your buyers will see.
You want each room to have a focal point, whether it’s the desk in an office, your child’s bed, the pool as seen through the patio doors, or the fireplace in your family room.
|It’s oversized and blocks anyone from entering the room.|
2.Now, check to see if there anything blocking your entering the room, whether it’s physically or visually.
One client had an oversized desk in their office. There was barely enough room for one person to function in the room. So anyone standing at the doorway would have peeked in then moved on.
A buyer goes to enter a room, reaches for the light, and the room is so dimly lit, they turn away.
Buyers with young children are eager to see the children’s room, however, there are toys covering the floor. The parents peek in then move on.
The left shows what Buyers saw when they entered the front door. The second photo shows the view from the living room.
If your home is on the market, make sure that your buyers aren’t turned away at the doors.
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