Home Showing Tips For All Five Senses

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Please remember that the way you live in the house is good for you and the way you live but not necessarily the way people who will be buying your house will want to live in it. Potential buyers need to see themselves living in the house. Once they can see themselves in the home, they will be motivated to make an offer.


The home must look attractive from the outside so that they want to come in. Leaves raked, snow shoveled, flowers on the porch, front door painted, handrails painted, shrubs trimmed, beds mulched, mailbox painted, new door knob?, new outdoor light(s)?, garage door closed, bikes put away, grass mowed, windows cleaned – you may wish to consult a stager or at least ask your Realtor© for advice.

Once inside, the home must LOOK good. Clean, clutter-free and easy to navigate. Clean the house weekly. Shine the handles on the sinks. Make the beds every morning.  Keep everything picked up and put away so the house is ready to show at a moments notice.

The house needs to SMELL good; fresh and clean. Be aware that people who do not own pets will be more sensitive to pet odors. Onions, fish, dirty diapers, and pet odors are deal killers for most home buyers. Apple pie, freshly baked cookies, and fresh flowers smell good to most people.

How does a house SOUND good? When the buyers walk in the door, there should be soft music in the distant background. Jazz or classical without vocals allow the buyers to have sound filling in the spaces between the thoughts they are having as they walk through the house. It gives the feeling of life in the house.

Houses do not TASTE. However, an ice cold pitcher of lemonade on a hot day with a few glasses and a note inviting the buyers to have one will make that memory stand out in their minds when they are reviewing the homes they have seen.

TOUCH. Some people will touch things as they walk through the house. For some people, touching is part of the experience. It’s how they put information into their brain. Flat surfaces should be free from dust. Wood should be clean and shiny. Add soft throws atop the back of the leather sofa to give variety to the ‘touchers’.  Vary textures throughout the home.

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Comments (5)

Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Sacramento, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

First impressions are important.  Good tips to cover all the senses.

Feb 25, 2011 07:29 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I love this.  I love how you hit on all 5 senses.  What a great way to think about selling your home. 

Feb 25, 2011 10:17 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Maria!

these are such great and simple tips you have posted, love them as well :) Keep up the great work and advice!


Feb 26, 2011 01:21 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Maria - Like I told one seller, it all begins with the nose.  Pet and cigarette odors can be the worst offenders.  But there are others too.  Those are really good tips.

Feb 28, 2011 11:35 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Thanks you all! I am passionate about addressing all aspects of preparing the home. Some people focus on only sight and forget all the other information our brains are processing when walking through a home.

Feb 28, 2011 05:08 PM