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Seller Strategies - Helpful hints for selling your home.

  •  Curb Appeal--Make the most of the first impression.

A well manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter free porch welcome prospects.  Also, repaint or scrub the front door.  If it s fall, rake the leaves. 

  •  Clean up in Real Estate

Clean the living room, bathroom, and kitchen.  If your woodwork is  scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration.  Maybe hiring professionals if time is an issue.  Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work".

  •  Faucets and Bulbs

Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home.  Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing.  Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark.

  •  Think Safety- Get Rid of the Clutter

Make your residence as non-perilous as possible.  Get rid of possible self-made booby traps such as roller skates on stairs, tangled-up extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights.

  •  Free Up the Space

Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space.  They're looking for storage space too.  Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.

  •  Consider Your Closets

The better organized a closet, the larger it appears.  Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

  •  Make your Bathroom Sparkle and Shine

Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine.  Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers.  For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.

  •  Create Dream Bedrooms

Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms.  For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture.  Try colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains or window treatments.

  •  Open Up in the Daytime

Let the sun shine in!  Pull back your curtains so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.

  •  Lighten up at Night

Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.  Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and out - when showing your home in the evening. 

  •  Avoid Crowded Scenes

Keep the company in your home to a minimum.  Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people.  Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through.

  •  Watch your Pets

Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when showing your home.  Pets have a talent for getting underfoot.  So do everybody a favor - keep Kitten and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.

  •  Think Volume

Rock and roll will never die.  But it may kill a real estate transaction.  When its time to show your home, its time to turn down the loud music on the stereo or TV.  If you want to have have music, try something  soothing i.e., easy listening or soft nature sounds is preferable.

  •  Relax

Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distractions.  If you must be present when the showing takes place, be friendly but don't force conversation.  Let your ReMax agent handle the buyers and any questions they may have.  If there should be need for clarification, the agent will confer with you as necessary.

 

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Last modified: 11/11/04