Buyers use all of their senses when searching for their new homes. 'Looking' at homes goes way beyond sight. Appeal to all five of the buyers' senses. Each sense provides input to the Buyers' perceptions of your home.
Your home is enhanced by leaving an Ipod, satellite radio or CDs playing. Pick background music. You don't want the Buyers to stop to try to remember the tune and the words. Who cares? I like almost anything done by the Marsalis family, Ottmar Lieber, Kenny G, or any light classical/ instrumental music. I would stay away from those spa CDs that have rain forest sounds or tropic birds chirping or wind blowing. Look for something smooth and mellow.
When selling a home this summer, the owner included his built in music system. (Of course, how could he take it with him?). At each viewing and for a Sunday Open House, he left the system on for Buyers to hear and see. It ended up being one of the selling features. When I do an Open House and know that it is without the central system, I take a radio and find a station of easy listening music. I leave it on the whole afternoon. I take my own radio because I am a bit of a techno phobe when it comes to my and other people's equipment. I never put the television on because it is too distracting. Buyers will stop and watch a game on the TV without seeing the house.
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