When you’re showing a home, it’s important that it be as inviting as possible to the potential buyers who come buy to have a look. One of the most important parts of making your home inviting is making it easy for everyone to make their way through the property, so your Realtor can show off it’s best features. To that end, you’ll want to eliminate anything that poses a risk of hindering, or even tripping someone who comes by for a showing, and here are some tips for doing just that.
1. Start with the Obvious
Make sure hallways and the main floorspace in each of your rooms is cleaned and clear of clutter. Aside from the trip hazard presented by cluttered floors, they also seriously detract from the look of the home. Prospective buyers may well pass on a good property if it’s cluttered and messy when they come to visit.
2. Sweep Up Debris
It’s heading toward autumn, and that means that people viewing your home are likely to track in leaves and other debris from the ground outside. Clean this up immediately after each showing. Not only does it look messy, it can also stain your carpets and scratch up your floors if it’s let go, and that might mean an emergency cleaning or repair before your next showing.
3. Check the Porch
Autumn, between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the many other holidays around this time of year, tends to mean people decorate their porches and other exterior spaces a lot. Be sure your decorations don’t clutter up the porch. This will not only make it harder for people to get around, it’ll also detract from the curb appeal of your home, which means fewer people will be motivated to stop and take a look at the house.
4. Remember that People Have Varying Levels of Mobility
Remember that some of your potential buyers may use a cane, crutches, a wheelchair, or another assistive device for mobility, and that they’ll need more room to get around the house because of that. Avoid arranging furniture in ways that narrow walkways and check to make sure that throw rugs, the areas where different floor surfaces meet, and any stairs you have are all safe for everyone to traverse. Opening up the space also makes the home more attractive, in most cases, so taking care in this way has aesthetic benefits in addition to its practical benefits.
Your Realtor can give you more advice on preparing your home for a showing.