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Top 3 things home sellers can do to improve showings

Real Estate Agent with Sundance Realty

Top 3 things home sellers can do to improve showings

Yes, you can improve your home showings with 3 easy steps…


1)      Curb appeal, you only have one chance to make a first impression… make sure you look at your own home through buyers eyes,  keep the grass mowed, weeds pulled, flowers and plants watered, if you have children make sure the bicycles and toys aren’t cluttered in the driveway and yard (put away)


2)      Clean, make sure your home is so clean it sparkles… Also it’s time to depersonalize and pack all knick knacks and collectables in boxes; after all you’re getting ready to move right?


3)      Smell, is very important… vanilla, cinnamon or apple pie scents that mimic the smells of baking are popular, but so are tropical smells like mango and pineapple


Remember look at your home through the buyers eyes…. Happy showings

Robert Rauf
CMG Home Loans - Toms River, NJ

All great items!  No matter how clean it looks: if it smells it won't sell!

I would add #4: Leave the house when it is being shown, a seller just gets in the way and makes buyers uncomfortable.

Jul 27, 2010 05:53 AM
Michael Collins
*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent* - Janesville, WI
CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto

Thanks for the tips Shannon.  Keep them coming!


Jul 27, 2010 05:53 AM
Shannon Pope
Sundance Realty - Salem, OR

Yes Robert I agree, Sellers are always encouraged to be absent at showings.... How else could a buyer ever imagine themselves owning the home.... Instead they imagine they are just looking at the sellers home!

Jul 27, 2010 06:09 AM
Shannon Pope
Sundance Realty - Salem, OR

Thanks Michael, I will...

Jul 27, 2010 06:10 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Great tips, Shannon!  Another one is to make sure that pets are "invisible" to potential buyers.  Nothing can kill a sale quicker than a buyers who isn't a fan of cats or dogs (or is allergic to them).

Jul 27, 2010 07:52 AM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Usually most homes need about a third of the furniture removed as well to help improve traffic flow and make the space appear spacious.  Removing small items can make a huge difference!

Jul 30, 2010 03:52 AM
Shannon Pope
Sundance Realty - Salem, OR

Thanks Maureen, your absolutely right, animals do need to be invisible...


Margaret, you are of course the expert here in our neck of the woods.... thanks for the expert advise 

Jul 30, 2010 05:10 AM