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 wall paper adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how it could look, "with a little work."
3. Check Faucets and Bulbs
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 you part can smooth the way toward a closing.
5. Think Safety
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 and basement 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
9. Create Dream Bedrooms Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspread and fresh curtains are a must.
10. Open up in the Daytime Open blinds and curtains to allow light to flow through your home. 11. Lighten up at Night Turn on lights and lamps to a 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. 13. Watch Your Pets Be sure to crate your pets or secure them in a fenced in backyard for showings 14. Think Volume 15. Relax Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction. 16. Don't Apologize Try not to talk with potential Buyers. Allow their Realtors to answer questions. 17. Keep a Low Profile If at all possible leave during showings so that the Buyer can tour the house without feeling pressured. 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. 19. Defer to Experience Always suggest the listing or selling Agent to deal with potential Buyers 20. Help Your Agent. Be flexible to Agent's request as these request will assure you sell your home as quickly as possible and at the highest value.
PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING
Let there be light. Buy some 100-watt bulbs to brighten the rooms and open curtains or blinds to let the light in. Unless a window faces a brick wall or some type of eyesore, open the drapes!
Garage, no garbage. Have a garage sale to clean out the clutter and make the garage mores spacious. Your Clients are moving and will need to start organizing anyway, so why wait until the last minute? Clean up oil spots in the garage or carpet with a good cleanser to remove that "lived-in" appearance. The home may not be brand new, but it's new to the potential Buyer.
Make scents. Get a nice potpourri, air freshener, or keep some refrigerated cookie dough on hand to throw in the oven when a prospect is coming over. Make the house smell like a home.
Paint-relief. Consider re-painting any areas that need to be touched up, but especially the front door and entryway, and any appliances that are showing their age.
Power plants. Trim down any jungles outside, especially if they cover the house. Get rid of any half-dead houseplants. Water the lawns briefly before any visit, and keep the lawns mowed and edged.