A helpful look at what to do and what not to do when preparing and showing your home for sale!
Preparing Your Home For Sale
Think First Things First - Curb appeal is vital. Trim trees, prune shrubs, mow and water the lawn. Make sure that sidewalks are swept, the front door is clean and the bell works.
Think Fresh - A minor investment in paint will pay dividends in the form of a better price and or a quicker sale.
Think Bright - Open curtains/blinds and clean the windows so a prospective buyer may see how bright and cheerful your house is. Dark, dreary rooms are not appealing to homebuyers.
Think Small - Loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers, wobbly hinges, stuck windows, squeaky floor boards - are negative factors. Check and repair all these minor flaws.
Think Clean - Make bathrooms and kitchens sparkle. Clean sinks and toilets and repair any damaged or discolored caulking. Pet odor, lingering food and cigarette smoke smells are unwelcoming to potential buyers. The aroma of fresh coffee or flowers can make a more homey welcoming atmosphere.
Think Space - Let prospects see the full value of your basement, attic, garage and closets. (Don't get offended, what is next springs project to you and me, is just a pile of stuff to someone else!!) Clear out closets and clutter, give away or pack up toys, linens and small kitchen appliances to store offsite. Buyers are also forgiving of storage boxes neatly tucked away in a garage or basement, or perhaps rent a short-term storage space if necessary. This will all go to show your home to its full potential.
Showing Your Home At Its Best
Think Light - Make lighting in your home welcoming for prospects. Turn on all the exterior and interior lights, include accent and picture lights, use as much natural light as possible, and add extra lamps to dark rooms.
Think Cozy - In fall and winter, light a fire in the fireplace. In spring and summer, flowers or pot plants add freshness.
Think Privacy - It there are too many people around during a showing, buyers may feel like intruders and want to rush through your home. Take a nice drive or walk with the kids and dogs while your house is being shown.
Think Quiet - When your home is being shown, have all TV's turned off, turn off stereo or put on background music.
Think Pets - When you go for your drive or walk it would be an excellent idea to take your dog(s) or cat(s) with you, it makes for a more peaceful viewing for the potential buyers. (Also Fluffy is less likely to be upset and become defensive about his squeaky toy..)
Think Pressure - If you are present, be courteous and friendly, but do not force conversation, they are there to view your house, not to socialize, and they may feel pressured by you. Do not try to sell potential buyers any furnishings, they have not bought your house yet, and this may jeopardize your sale.
Let Guilott Realty, Inc negotiate with the buyers about price, terms, possession date, etc. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to get YOU the best deal.