Michael Samuels provides legal services to FSBO and other real estate clients in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio.

Tips to help a home show well

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2023 | Real Estate Law

When selling a home, one of the most important steps is the showing. A house that shows well may sell for much more than one that does not, even if everything else is the same. Sellers only have one chance to make a good first impression with potential buyers.

As such, it’s important to know what steps to take to ensure that the home shows well. Here are a few to keep in mind.

Keep it clean

Yes, the home gets messy and cluttered when you live in it. Yes, it will get messy and cluttered when someone else moves into it. During the showing, though, you are trying to demonstrate the ideal to the buyers, so you want the home to be as clean and clutter-free as possible.

Have it staged

One thing that can help is to have the home staged. Get rid of personal items, but don’t leave the home entirely empty. Staging helps people have a better sense of what it will actually be like to live in that house, helping them grasp the size of the rooms, the home’s flow, the design and much more.

Accent major selling points

Every home has different things that make it especially attractive. Maybe it’s a newly renovated kitchen, a backyard pool or an impressive deck and patio. No matter what it is, try to accent these main points to get potential buyers excited about living in the house.

Consider the smell

Finally, many people never think about how their own home smells, but a visitor will notice it immediately. It’s good to focus on subtle, natural smells that are clean and fresh. Some people suggest baking a batch of cookies or a loaf of bread, as the smell can quickly permeate the entire home.

These tips can help a home generate more interest. As the process moves forward, both buyers and sellers need to know what legal steps to take.