FOR A GOOD SHOWING
do everything we can to successfully market and sell your home. Here’s
how you can help:
Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression
Never underestimate the importance of outward appearances. A well-manicured
lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs, a clutter-free porch, a nice front door,
raked leaves and shoveled snow all help to welcome buyers.
Invest A Few Hours For Future Dividends
Clean up the living room, the bathroom and the kitchen. Consider some
minor touch-up. Buyers would rather see how great your home looks rather
than hear how great it could look “with a little work.”
Faucets And Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty
or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark.
Don’t let little problems detract from your home.
Don’t Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick, that will stick in a prospect’s
mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can
easily fix them. A little effort can smooth the way toward a closing.
Homeowners learn to live with an assortment of booby-traps: bikes in
the hall, worn extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging
lights. Make your residence as safe as possible.
Room For Space
Potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space;
they are looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement
areas are clean and free of unnecessary clutter.
Consider Your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now is the time
to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair unsightly
caulking in the tubs and showers. Scrub away mildew. For added allure,
display your best towels and a new shower curtain.
Create Dreamy Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comfort of your bedrooms. For a spacious
look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains
will enhance any bedroom.
Open Up In The Daytime
Let in the sunshine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes in the day
to show how light the home is. Turn on the lights for extra brightness.
Lighten Up At Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights when showing your
home in the evening . . . both inside and outside. Lights add color
and warmth and make prospects feel welcome.
Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers can feel like intruders if there are people around.
Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they are likely
to hurry through it. Showings actually go best if no one is there.
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you are showing your
home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. Do everyone a favor:
keep your pets out of the way.
Rock-and-roll will never die, but it might kill a sale. When it is time
to show your home, it is time to turn down the stereo or television.
If you are home when the home is shown, be friendly, but don’t
try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum
of distraction. It’s actually best if you’re not there.
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings.
If a prospective buyer makes a derogatory comment about your home, don’t
respond. They may just be after a price reduction.
Don’t Turn Your Home Into A Second Hand Store
When prospects come to view your home, don’t distract them with
offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the
biggest sale of all . . .
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