To help your home sell more quickly and at a better price!
Let your home welcome Buyers!
With a little effort, you can make your home
ready to sell more quickly and at a better price.
1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT!
Remember, when a prospect comes to look at your
house, the first thing he will see is your home’s front
door! Be sure that it is fresh and clean. Be sure your
lawn and landscaping are neat and trimmed. Be sure
your yard is free of refuse and leaves. If it snowed, be
certain that you’ve moved the ice and snow from walk and steps.
2. WHAT YOU SHOW IS WHAT YOU GET!
Faded walls and scratched woodwork will reduce the
appeal of your home. Why try to tell a prospect how
your home could look when you can show him by a
reasonable amount of touch-up and redecoration? A
quicker sale at a higher price will result.
3. 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.
And, check all your light fixtures to make sure all the
sockets are filled with the highest wattage bulbs that are safe.
4. FIX THAT LEAKY FAUCET.
Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing.
5. LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT.
Take a few minutes 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.
6. SAFETY FIRST AND ALWAYS!
Keep stairways and hallways clear and clean since this
will avoid potential injuries, as well as making your home seem more spacious.
7. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.
Display your attic, basement, and other utility space
(including crawl spaces, by removing all unnecessary
articles). A coat of paint and bright lights can do
wonders if your basement is dark and dreary.
8. KITCHENS ARE CRITICAL.
Make sure the stove and oven are clean. Remove all
non-essentials from the counter tops. “Clean, orderly and
light” are more important here than anywhere else in the house.
9. BATHROOMS SELL HOMES.
Make those 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.
10. BEDROOMS SHOULDN’T SLEEP!
Keep these rooms bright and cheerful. Remove any
excess furniture, posters on the walls, etc. Be sure the
beds are made, and keep the drapes open.
11. BIG CLOSETS!
Make them look bigger by having them neat and well
organized to show that your home has ample closet space.
12. SHINE ON!
Your home’s illumination can be a “welcome” sign to
prospective buyers! Turn on all of your outside and
inside lights when showing your home at night and they
will feel a glowing warmth as a result of your lighting.
13. TWO’S A COUPLE & THREE’S A CROWD.
Don’t have too many people present during a home
inspection, since the potential buyer will feel like an
intruder and want to hurry through your house.
14. MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST...
But not the potential buyer. When showing your house,
turn off that blaring radio or television. Let your RE/MAX
agent and buyer talk freely and not be distracted.
15. 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.
16. SILENCE IS GOLDEN!
Be courteous and friendly, but don’t try to “force”
conversation with a potential buyer. He’s there to inspect your home.
17. STAY IN THE BACKGROUND.
Your RE/MAX agent knows the buyer’s needs and
desires and can better emphasize the virtues of your
home when you’re not “tagging along.”
If there are any questions, he will call you.
18. DON’T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE!
Trying to sell the prospective purchaser any of the
furniture or furnishings (which you’re not taking with you)
before he has purchased your home, could lose the sale… so “cool it.”
19. A WORD-TO-THE THE-WISE.
Let your RE/MAX agent discuss the selling price, terms,
possession, and other factors with the customer. He’s
been trained and has experience, so let him bring your
negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion!
20. GO AHEAD AND USE YOUR AGENT.
We recommend that we show your home to prospective
customers only by appointment through our office. This
will be sincerely appreciated and will help us make the sale more quickly.
Your goal is to make them love your
house more than the one down the street!!!
Remember, you are the competition, too.