When preparing a home for sale, most homeowners focus on pleasing the eyes. In other words, they make their property “look” as attractive as possible. That is, of course, a very important thing to do! However, there is more to selling your home. Your home will be even more appealing to buyers if you also engage their other senses.
Take smells, for example. Ideally, you don’t want any smells at all in your home during a viewing. So be careful about odors that can linger after cooking. Use the fan. Do not use scented air fresheners or strong perfumes in washrooms prior to viewings. If you or another family member smokes, avoid having the smell come into the home.
As for sounds, soft, pleasing music is fine. Just be sure to choose a style that would be acceptable to all. Think elevator music! If a neighbor is creating a loud noise next door – jack hammering a patio foundation, for example — ask him or her to keep it down during showings. Most good neighbors will be happy to do so.
In general, anything you can do, even something minor, that will make your home more appealing to all the buyer’s senses is worth the effort.
Selling Your Home – New Homes
When you shop for a new home, you’ll probably start by thinking about what you need in your next property. Your list might include a spacious kitchen; three bedrooms; and, a mature tree in the backyard.
Those are property features and, of course, they’re important. But finding your next dream home involves more than just property features. It also involves getting what you want from the surrounding area. After all, a home isn’t going to be enjoyable if commuting to work from your neighborhood is long and agonizing. So when you shop for a new home, also think about:
Work. How will you get to work? Is public transit nearby?
School. Where will your kids go to school? Is transit or bus service available? Will your kids be able to walk to school?
Kids. Where will your kids play and hang out? Are there nearby playgrounds and parks?
Neighbors. Do the local homeowners seem like the kind of people you’d like as neighbors?
Shopping. Where will you do your weekly shopping?
Hobbies. How far will you be from golf, theater, or other hobbies.