First Impressions Are Important
When a Realtor arrives at the home with a potential buyer, the first few seconds can literally make or break a sale. Make certain that the lawn, sidewalk, and landscaping are neat and attractive. In cold weather, the walkways should be clear of snow and ice.
The front entry area and front door should be warm and inviting. The area should be swept clean, and the door in good repair (painted, if necessary). A seasonally decorative touch can set the proper inviting tone.
Clean and sparkling windows help to maximize light entering the home. Keep curtains and window coverings open, whenever possible, to achieve a bright, open effect.
Faded or worn paint and wallpaper can create a drab effect throughout the interior. Spruce up, paint up, and touch up.
A cluttered look will make a room seem smaller than it really is. Remove extra furnishings wherever possible to give your home a clean, simple appearance. Remember, the buyer is trying to visualize how their furniture will fit in the home. Make it as easy as possible.
One of the first things a typical buyer looks for is adequate closet and storage space. Maximize the size of your closets by removing excess items and neatly arranging the remaining items.
Bathrooms & Kitchen
These are the most important rooms and should be clean and spotless. Potential buyers will invariably downgrade the desirability of a home if the kitchen and baths are less than spotless. Make sure everything shines!
Fix The Little Things
Loose door knobs, doors that don't close all the way, screens off the track, and cracked window panes are all a part of everyday life except when you're selling your home. Little things undone can suggest neglect. To maximize your home's value, it's smart to fix these items.
Shed Light On Dark Areas
Whenever possible, make sure lamps are on in areas of the house that are dark. Also, turn lights on in the basement, attic, and other areas a buyer will want to see.
Once the above items have been addressed, leave the selling to the agent. Agents know what your house has to offer and what a buyer is looking for. Agents also know how to sell. We recommend that sellers excuse themselves during showings so that the perspective buyers feel comfortable discussing the property.