My house is currently listed in a very slow market. I’ve only had two showings in two weeks, but feedback I’ve received from those realtors/the realtor caravan that came through a week ago has indicated that the price is spot on, so I’m not going to change anything for now. Just hope that things pick up as we near spring/summer.
So, your list:
Definitely put away as many personal items as you can. Buyers want to picture themselves in the home, and that’s hard to do when there are family portraits on every surface, or a bunch of kids toys in the master bedroom. I have fresh foliage from my yard in vases in various points throughout the house. I also pulled a couple of my flowering orchids in from outside to put on coffee tables.
Any small updates you can make that will keep things looking fresh will be helpful. If the light fixtures in the bathroom are outdated and won’t be expensive to replace, do it. I replaced all of my old ivory toggle light switches, outlets, and plates with updated white paddle switches. It gave the entire house a facelift and wasn’t all that costly.
The best tip I have as to a checklist for showings is that the house should be ready to show at all times. I make the beds, pull back the blinds, and turn on certain lights each day when I leave. The countertops are always clear. The doors to each room are left open. If you’ve done a good job organizing and decluttering, you shouldn’t have an issue keeping the house showing-ready. I have a lady I hired to walk my dogs during the day. I’m paying her extra to get the dogs out and do some light staging (pulling covers off couches and arranging pillows) for house showings. She also does light cleaning while she’s there with the dogs each afternoon.
As for air fresheners, I have three scentsy wax diffusers plugged in. One in the main living area, one in the master, and one in the dogs’ room. I turn them all on when I leave each morning and keep replacing the wax every other day. You don’t have to buy the scentsy brand wax. They have a ton of options at Walmart, and some of them are quite mellow. My house never smells bad (thank god for non shedding, non smelling dogs), and generally, it smells pretty neutral or like cleaners. The diffusers help in that they make the house smell permanently fresh. And not like “me”. (You know how every person has a smell, or their house does? Or am I crazy?)
If you can take a 30 minute break from work, I would accept showings whenever they’re scheduled. Grab the dogs and make a Starbucks run. Get them a puppacino and you can have a midday coffee refresh. That’s almost enough time for the people to be there and gone. I had to have my realtor put a note on my appointment scheduling so that realtors know to let me know in advance as to reschedules or cancellations, as there are pets being removed from the home for showings. Both of my showings so far have been in the middle of the day.
So much of this depends on your market. Where I’m shopping, houses are fine within the week and selling for more than list price. In the market where I’m selling, things have been sitting. And I’m in a desirable neighborhood (gated community) 10 minutes from downtown.
Best of luck selling your home!!