Stay for a while!

The less time buyers spend in your home, the less likely they'll be to purchase it.  Create a welcoming atmosphere - one that encourages buyers to linger long enough for a good look around your home - with these tips.

  • Make sure the temperature inside your home is comfortable - not too hot, not too cold.  This is especially important at this time of year, when the mercury is spiking and air conditioners are put to the test.
  • Lighten and brighten you home's interior.  A dark home doesn't exactly exclaim to buyers, "Welcome!  Stay for a while!"  Not to mention a home is more difficult to navigate in the dark, potentially causing accidents.  So replace those burnt bulbs, turn up those dimmers, flick those switches, and open those window treatments.
  • Have some low-key music at the ready - soft jazz, classical, or ambient, for example - so you or your real estate representative can just press play (volume set to low, of course) before potential buyers arrive for showings.
  • Leave out some refreshments.  Freshly baked goods have the added benefit of making your home smell, well, homey - exactly the goal!  And some chilled water bottles or pitcher or iced tea will be particularly appreciate this time of year and help you stand out in buyers' memories.
  • Lastly, don't be home!  Few things make buyers more uncomfortable than the homeowner's presence during showings; feeling they're intruding, buyers are more likely to rush through the showing so they can leave.  Have an exit strategy planned for the last-minute showings, be it going for coffee or taking Fido for a walk.