By Jessica Slice-Sadler
It may be the economy or advice from HGTV, but for whatever reason I've been noticing that sellers are presenting their homes in a more welcoming fashion. From coffee to cookies to little notes, sellers seem to be welcoming potential buyers and the new owners into their homes.
Examples include a fresh fruit, scone and coffee spread at an inspection. Sweet notes on chalkboards, letters to the buyers in the home. One home I showed during a cold time of year always had fresh-brewed coffee and cookies waiting for us. While I don't know that a bad house will sell because of chocolate chip cookies, I know they can help buyers have a positive association with a house that is already a possibility.
Showing your house is hard and the pressure to entertain for every showing is overwhelming but there are a few ideas that may make the difference in a sale. Or, at the very least, help foster a positive interaction between buyers and sellers.
1. Leave shoe covers or slippers if asking buyers to remove shoes.
2. Turn thermostat to a comfortable temperature for showings.
3. Leave some sort of treat such as cookies, granola bars, or chocolate.
4. Bottled water is a great touch.
5. Leave some sort of note welcoming buyers to your home.
If you don't have the time to take the above suggestions, Urban Durham will help you make your home a more welcoming place. For every listing we hide a ceramic chicken somewhere in the house. If found, the buyers receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant. We also leave little snack packs in the house with popcorn, granola bars, or chocolate. We hope these little touches make viewing our listings a positive experience.
Whatever you do try to make your message: Welcome Home.