Prospective buyers only have 12-20 minutes to view an entire three to four bedroom house. It is very rare where a house on sale has absolutely no positive features, so in this case think about attracting a buyer’s attention through home staging.
However, most of the time it is vital that you emphasise the good features of your home and provide as little distraction as possible to the buyer.
The following are the major causes of unwelcome distraction when viewing a home for sale:
Smells are said to be the top turn off for buyers. Smoke, pets, dampness, food or bad smells are all unwelcome diversion for a buyer. even air fresheners, candles and incense are no no's.
Typically the people who reside in a home with an odour cannot smell it, so be courage and ask your real estate agent, a friend or a family member if they can smell any bad odour. If there is, immediately take action to remove the smell, as it can often take a long time and much effort to get rid of.
Weak lighting is a major distraction for buyers. If your property doesn’t have natural light then make sure to add additional and accent lighting prior to a home viewing.
Music can set the mood, but it can also distract if it is very loud or polarising in its genre. If you’re not sure, don’t play music. This is a safer alternative.
When styling a house for sale it is critical that the styling flatters the home not distracts from it. Styling for a particular audience is a big no-no. And certainly don’t allow the styling to obscure the original features of the house.
When you have photos hanging on the walls, trophies on shelves, and all your other personal effects for everyone to see, it means buyers are more focused on figuring who you are than on inspecting the property. Don’t forget to pack away as many personal effects as you can prior to your home viewing.
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