Setting the Mood is Such an Important Element of Selling Your Home

I was showing homes the other day in the early evening. ¬†It is the heat of summer here in Houston so plants can be in distress, yards a bit dry and house hunters lethargic from the humidity. ¬†But imagine walking up to a freshly painted door with great looking hardware and a pop of color in the way of a healthy potted plant. ¬† One of the places Realtors and clients seem to linger is on that front porch while the lockbox is opened for keys. ¬†It is without a doubt a first impression of the upkeep and maintenance of your home. What made me think of showing the other evening was the comment by the client. ¬†They are animal loves as am I, but the scent of candles or fragrance was so strong, the client asked to leave. ¬†There was no point in going any further. ¬†Again, that first impression was that the owners were masking animal odors. ¬†The sad part is that this may or may not be true, but without a doubt the fragrance was so overwhelming, a potential buyer chose to leave rather than continue on. ¬†I have shown many, many homes with animals successfully. ¬†The key is to have a clean, welcoming scent when clients enter. ¬†Set out a few bottled waters during these hot, summer days. The next event on this evening of showings was traffic noise. ¬†Let’s face it, there is no good way to “hide” traffic noise if your home is near a major freeway, railroad or intersection. ¬†While very low background music can be a nice touch, music set to...