When you have a buyer coming to view your property, you want to make the best impression possible. So, you do the usual things. You clean, tidy and declutter. However, some details are easy to forget.
1. Is there a mat by the front door for shoes, umbrellas, etc.?
2. Did you air out the home as much as possible to get rid of any lingering odors from a pet, recent cooking, etc.?
3. Did you empty trash bins?
4. Is the buyer (or his or her agent) aware of any doors that may have special locking mechanisms? If so, leave a note with instructions. For example, “To open the patio door, pull up the deadbolt lock at the bottom.”
5. Are there any kids’ toys on the floor that might accidentally get damaged or be a tripping hazard?
6. Did you make arrangements for pets? If you must leave a pet home during the viewing, leave a note with any necessary instructions, such as, “Please don’t let the cat out.”
The better your home shows to buyers, the more likely you are to get an offer.