What to Leave in the House for Showings

Tastefully place accessories around the rooms to make it seem ‘lived in’ so the viewer can imagine himself living in the house.

Sell Home Fast – Isle of palms SC: When selling your house you will want it to look its very best, especially when potential buyers come to look it over. This is where you will have to concentrate on the entire property, not just on the curb appeal that attracted them in the first place. Keep the outside looking sharp, but get inside and create the best model home type scenario you can.

If at all possible, make the effort to visit a development with new houses for sale or a condo area that has model homes. This will give you an example of how you should set the stage in your house. Model homes are set up by those who usually do only that for a living. They are experts in making a wide variety of people feel at home. Their job is to appeal to the widest number of people and family types possible. They have only one shot at it. People must be impressed on their first brief visit. Go to a model home and see what they do. Observe their methods and types of furniture and things they leave lying about the model home. That baseball bat and glove lying on the boy’s bedroom rug is purposely put there for maximum effect.

“People must be impressed on their first brief visit. Go to a model home and see what they do.”

You must then make the same sort of attempt in your house. The idea is to be as neutral as possible. One might think that it would involve removing all furniture from the house, but that’s not accurate. A visitor must feel welcome and at home. No one’s house has no furniture in it. You must give the viewer the idea of how large the rooms are with the beds and sofa in them. Tastefully place accessories around the rooms to make it seem ‘lived in’ so the viewer can imagine himself living in the house. He can picture his own sofa there and his bed against that wall. The ultimate goal is to get the potential buyer to think of what he would put in the house and where.

Place a dining set in the dining area, a desk and bookshelves into the home office, and a bed and dresser in each bedroom. The living room should contain a sofa and/or chairs, an entertainment center, and coffee tables or end tables. This stirs the buyers imagination to start planning where his things would go if he buys your house.

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