If you are trying to sell your house, you may want to present it in the best way possible to potential buyers. If so, use one or more of the three tips below for presenting your house as a home when showing it.
Time Appointments For After A Home-Cooked Meal
For many people, the smell of food cooking when they walk through the door instantly makes them feel at ease. Since meals are associated with holidays and family times, having your house smell like a roast or herbed chicken can help the potential buyer start imagining themselves and their families living there.
When speaking with your real estate agent, try to have them time each showing for after a meal. Then, you can plan on making a heavenly scented dish that fills the home with a savory aroma. If you wish, you can also bake a pie or a loaf of bread to enhance the aromatic experience.
Burn Homey Scented Candles During Showing
If scheduling your appointments is not always convenient around meal times, you can still tap into a potential buyer's olfactory sensations by burning candles with a homey scent, such as apple cinnamon.
During the winter months, you may even burn a scented Christmas candle to bring to mind festive memories and sparking the imagination when planning a future holiday get together.
Temporarily Remove Or Cover Family Pictures
While your family pictures and portraits represent your memories and make you house feel like home to you, you are trying to make the buyer see the house as their home. If you have a lot of photos of children or other family members, it may be hard for them to see their own family living there, since it will appear as your home, not theirs.
To solve this issue, you have two options. First, you can take down the pictures before you know your realtor will be showing your home. Depending on how close you are to your move-out date, you can either pack them away or put them back up after the appointment.
Second, you could cover the pictures with a warm-colored cloth. Not only does this save you the effort of having to take down and put the pictures back up whenever the house is on display, but also coordinating the color with the walls or woodwork can add an additional homey touch to the decor.
The above tips are only a few ideas for creating a home-like environment when showing your house to potential buyers. If you need more ideas that may be specific to the house you are trying to sell, talk with realtors in your area.