Careful in pricing
your home too high above comparables. You don’t want your house to
stay on the market too long because you are grossly overpriced.
Clear the clutter!
My philosophy on getting a house ready to show is “You are moving anyway.
Right? So let’s clean house”. The less clutter there is, the larger rooms
will appear. If feasible, rent a short term storage unit for your unused
items. It makes a huge difference in how your home shows!
You never have
another chance to make a first impression.
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can help assist you in making sure home shows in the best possible manner to
We need to make
sure we present your home in its best manner to home buyers and their
agents. Agents have a lot of influence over their clients when they are
Please remove your
pets from the house before showings. Both from a liability perspective and
safety for your beloved pets. If your pet must stay in the house, make
sure to secure your pet in a safe location or pen.
Be aware of what
you cook! Nothing is worse than showing a house that has a strong odor from
Keep in mind that pet odors can be
offensive to prospective buyers. Great care should be given to making sure
your home does not have that smelly dog or cat box smell.
Do not over fragrance your home before
showings or light too many candles. Anytime I have seen (smelled) this done,
the prospective purchaser always asked what the home owner is hiding.
YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR
Curb appeal! Curb appeal!
Curb appeal! Make the first impression a
positive one. Whether you are selling a
house or a condominium make the most of your
chance to make a good first impression.
Be sure that the exterior
areas around the home are well maintained
and the landscaping looks its best.
If your association handles
these tasks make sure to tell me when the
lawn care company comes, I will schedule
showings around this busy, noisy time.
Defective walkways should be
repaired. Again, liability issues, as well
as a good impression.
Repair and/or replace any
unsecured or disconnected down spouts or
Repaint all areas where the
paint is peeling or worn - any bright unique
colors should be re-painted to a neutral
Your front door is the first
impression into the house, therefore, make
sure your door knob and locks are working
properly, clean away the spider webs and
wash all the dirt away from the outside
YOUR HOME’S INTERIOR
You don’t live in a museum,
but it should be clean and clutter free.
Homes that are full of
natural light show better. Keep window
shades and curtains open. Lights should be
kept on where possible - add bright bulbs to
make the home brighter.
All windows should be
Kitchens, bathrooms, and
laundry rooms should be neat and cleaned - don't leave out any dirty
laundry or dishes.
to neutral colors. Yes, most buyers will likely
paint their own colors once the move in, but
as far as showing your house; the house will
look cleaner, brighter and larger. Hopefully
resulting in more money at closing for you!
Consider replacing badly worn
carpeting or outdated flooring. Repair
Do not to leave jewelry or
other valuable items out in the open.
Be sure to replace all
defective light bulbs and electrical
Be sure to have a plumber
repair leaking or defective plumbing
Repair defective bathroom
tiling, remove all mildew ( I love Tilex for
this job – works great and smells CLEAN),
and re-grout and re-caulk tile where needed.
Be sure that your heating and
air-conditioning systems have been recently
serviced. At that time, you will have
an opinion about the condition of your
heating and cooling system which may prove
valuable if a home inspector advises a buyer
to have the system checked out for any
potential problems. Best of all, servicing
the systems shows buyers that you’ve
maintained the property.