Tips For Selling Your Home
As a homeowner, you play an important role in the sale of your property. In a competitive “buyers” market it becomes even more important to take some simple steps to make your home stand out from the competition.
1. Make the most of that first impression – curb appeal can go a long way in getting that buyer into your home. There are buyers that cruise the neighborhoods they are interested in, and you want them to call our office to make an appointment to see the inside of your home.
•Keep the walk way clean & clear to your front door
• The front door is in great shape
• Trim trees and/or bushes regularly
• Keep the windows clean as possible
2. Invest time and effort for the inside of your home. Here’s your chance to get that “spring” cleaning done and consider some minor redecoration. Potential buyers would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look “with a little work”
• If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. If you can’t paint it yourself, consider hiring a professional to do it.
• Make your bathrooms shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. Shower dirty? Grout dirty? Clean it. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains. Fix leaky faucets and check under the sink for any unknown leaks.
• Make your kitchen sparkle. Oven dirty? Clean it. Refrigerator going with home? Clean it. Fix leaky faucets and check under the sink for any unknown leaks
• Replace burned out light bulbs. Seems simple enough, you just don’t want ot let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
3. You are Selling Square Footage so make room for space –potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space.
• Unless your home is vacant, you know that you will be moving, so start packing up knick knacks and personal items that may distract the buyers.
• Organize your closets and box up some of those unwanted clothes. The closets will appear large.
• For a spacious look start putting that excess furniture in the garage.
4. Open up for a Daytime Showing – Let the sun shine in. Pull back curtains, open drapes or blinds so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is. Turn on lights in areas of your home that appear darker.
5. Watch your Pets – Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot, so do everybody a favor, and keep them outside or at least out of the way during a showing.
6. Keep a Low Profile if you’re home during a showing. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction
• Be friendly, but don’t try to force conversation and if the weather is nice go on the patio to be out of the way, and when the potential buyer comes outside, go inside and make yourself invisible.
7. Defer to Your Agent – When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to your agent. It may a neighbor’s friend that is interested in your home, so give them your agent’s card to schedule an appointment.
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