Advice to sellers
First impressions are important
Remember, when a prospect comes to look at your house, the first thing he or she will see is your home’s front door. Make sure it looks fresh and clean. Make sure your lawn and landscaping is well manicured and trimmed. Make sure your yard is free of garbage and leaves. If it snowed, make sure your front walk and steps are free of ice and snow.
What you show is what you get
Faded paint and worn woodwork will reduce your home’s appeal. Why try telling prospects how your home could look when you can show them by simply doing a bit of redecorating? The end result will be a quicker sale at a higher price. Invest in wallpapering the kitchen or bathroom. It will pay dividends for you.
Let the sun shine in
Open those drapes and curtains all the way, so the prospect can see how bright and cheerful your home is.
Fix that leaky faucet
Dripping water points to faulty or worn-out plumbing.
Little things mean a lot
Take a few minutes to check to be sure that your doors don’t stick or have loose knobs on them. Don’t forget your windows and cabinet drawers. Get all those minor flaws fixed since they detract from your home’s value.
Safety first and always
Keep stairways clear and clean since this will avoid injuries around your home, as well as avoid detracting by distraction.
From top to bottom
Display your attic, basement, and other utility space (including crawl spaces) by removing all unnecessary articles. A coat of paint can do wonders if your basement is dark and dreary.
Make them look even bigger by making sure they are neat and well organized to show that your home has ample closet space.
Bathrooms sell homes…
Make these rooms sparkle ! Check and repair any damaged or discolored caulking in the bathtubs and showers, and be sure that the towels and area rugs are bright.
Bedrooms shouldn’t sleep…
Keep these rooms bright and cheerful. Remove any excess furniture and be sure and use attractive and colorful bedspreads, and fresh curtains.
Your home’s lighting is a welcome sign to a prospective buyer. Turn on all exterior and interior lighting when showing your home in the evening so he or she can feel your lighting’s wamth and glow.
Two’s a couple, three’s a crowd
Don’t have too many people present while the home inspection is going on, since this could make prospective buyers feel like intruders, making them rush through your property.
Music soothes the savage beast
But not the potential buyer. When showing your property, turn off that blaring radio or television. Let me and the buyer talk freely and not be distracted.
Curb your dog
A dog is “man’s best friend”, but not when showing your home. Keep all pets out of the way and not underfoot.
Silence is golden
Be courteous and friendly, but don’t try to force conversation with a potential buyer. He or she is there to inspect your home.
Be it ever so humble…
There’s no place like home. Never apologize for the appearance of your home. If any objections or derogatory comments are made, let me handle them. It’s my job.
Stay in the background
I know what the buyer is looking for, and I can highlight your home’s virtues better if you’re not tagging along. If there are any questions, I will call.
Don’t put the cart before the horse
Trying to sell any furniture or fixtures to potential buyers before they have purchased your home can kill a sale, so cool it.
A word to the wise
Let me discuss the sale price, terms, possession and other details with the buyer. I have the training and experience, so let me do my job and close the sale.
Go ahead and use our broker
We recommend showing your home to prospective buyers by appointment through our agency only. This is usually highly appreciated and results in a faster sale.