Back in February, we spent 2 separate weekends house hunting in Raleigh and it was such an eye-opening experience. Not only were we discovering an area for the very first time and, with that, admiring a new kind of architecture and landscape, but peeking into dozens of homes gave us so many ideas of what we want to do when it comes to staging our home for sale, and some turn offs.
We had an entire evening in Raleigh before actually seeing some homes the next day and we took that opportunity to drive around and check out the location of the homes on our list–you can only see so much on Google Street view!
This is where curb appeal really comes into play. It’s like the pre-first impression. The driveby! I was enamored with the homes that had great landscape lighting, or at very least, the lights on in the house so it looked so glowy and the front porch lit up. Something I took note of–when you’re trying to sell your house, make sure the lights are on and your exterior presents well!
We listened to road noise, we walked around neighborhoods to see how active it was. We mapped how close grocery stores, restaurants, schools, trails, doctors, hospitals, and other activities and necessities were. We did this all before even looking inside the home! Of course, a lot of these things a home owner doesn’t have control over, but we went in so many homes that had a flyer that listed the distance (in miles or minutes, sometimes both!) to amenities and was such a nice thing to see and be aware of.
I think everyone has a different opinion about what makes a home attractive to buyers (we put up a question box on Instagram and the answers were all over the board–we’ll share some some responses on Instagram!), but for me, there were definitely a list of things that I noticed that made a positive impression. I made notes to pass on to you, but also to implement when we have our own showings.
Before we get to the list, I hope it goes without saying–cleanliness is the bare minimum when it comes to prepping for a house showing. Clean, dust, polish every inch of your home! Even hire a cleaning crew if you need extra hands making sure baseboards and windowsills and floors and faucets and sinks are all clean (we might, to be honest!) Dust the surfaces and shelves, for sure, but also ceiling fans and trim work and the top of lighting and art.
Besides cleanliness, these are the ten other things in homes that really stood out to me:
Overall, it was such a positive and motivating experience to see so many other homes before we listed our own. People were so thoughtful! I love the houses that provided booties if they requested no shoes. (We saw this and hand sanitizer in a lot of homes)!
Would love to hear in the comments things that you would add to the list!!
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