Seller’s Advice

1. Make the most of that first Impression

A well manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter free porch and entrance will welcome buyers. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkway. If it’s summer, cut the grass. The fewer obstacles between the buyer and the true appeal of your home the better.

2. Invest a few hours for future dividends

Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh, modern decor adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look “with a little work”.

3. Check 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 what’s right with your home.

4. Don’t Shut out a Sale

If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

5. Think Safety

Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps; roller-skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low-hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.

6. Make Room for Space

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

7. 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.

8. Make your Bathrooms Sparkle

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.

9. Create Dream Bedrooms

Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture and don’t leave any clothes laying about.

10. Open up in the Daytime

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

11. Lighten up at Night

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

12. Avoid Crowd Scenes

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. Keep the company present to a minimum or step out during showings.

13. Watch Your Pets

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

14. Think Volume

Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it’s time to show your home, it’s time to turn down the stereo and TV.

15. Relax

Be friendly, but don’t try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.

16. Don’t Apologize

No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home’s appearance, let your experienced RE/Max Associate handle the situation.

17. Keep a Low Profile

Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/Max Sales Associates know buyers – what they need and what they want. Your RE/Max Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if your stay in the background.

18. 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.

19. Defer to Experience

When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – your RE/Max Associate.

20. Your Assistance is Important

The more your home is accessible and well presented for showings, the greater the odds that an offer will be forthcoming. We are pleased to arrange all showings through our Team Office Manager and we offer you timely feedback on the results of showings. We’re here to help and we appreciate your part in making it all come together.

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