Tips for Preparing your Home
The key to selling your home quickly and at the right price is preparing it appropriately for showings. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Don't Panic: You come first. This is your home. You have your life to live, just do the best you can.
First Impressions: An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior. Keep your lawn trimmed and edged, flowerbeds cultivated, the yard free and clear of refuse. Clean out gutters and roofs - these items will be inspected so it's better to take care of them ahead of time.
Simplify & De-clutter: Rent a storage unit to put away unused items. Remove all artwork and grocery lists from the refrigerator.
Decorate for a Quick Sale: Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce desire. Do not tell the prospect how the place can be made to look, show them by making it look great. Make your home stand out, compared to others on the market.
Remove Personal Pictures: You want prospective buyers to look at your home, not your family photographs. A few photos around the home is just fine.
A Clean Home is a Happy Home: Clean windows and unmarred walls will assist your sale. Don't forget the tubs! Clean bathrooms & kitchen are a must and make a huge impact on buyers. Carpets Have carpets professionally cleaned or replaced if needed.
Fix the Faucet: Dripping water discolors the enamel and calls attention to faulty plumbing.
A Day with the Carpenter: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers and warped cabinet doors are noticed by the prospect. Have them fixed. Call me if you'd like a referral to a great handyman!
Closet Illusions: Clothes properly hung, shoes, hats and other articles neatly placed, will make your closet appear adequate. Pack and store excess items.
Kitchen: Keep ovens and under the sink areas clean. They often get inspected. Fresh flowers help brighten up a table.  As they say, kitchens sell homes.  It’s quite important to keep this area tidy.
Stash Valuables: Keep money, prescription drugs, and other valuables, out of view.
Check Your Bathroom: Bright and clean bathrooms are key. Keep toilet lids down. Invest in a new set of towels, again - clean under the sink.
Bedrooms: Arrange them to feel spacious and clean, beds made.
The Brighter the Better: Illumination is a welcome sign. For after-dark inspections, turn on your lights from the front porch in and throughout. The prospect will feel a glowing warmth. Also turn on the light in the daytime for rooms that are not so bright. Replace burned out light bulbs!
Three's a Crowd: When a Realtor and the prospect arrive you should greet them courteously, then disappear. Children and pets should be kept clear. Don't volunteer and comment unless asked. Remember, the prospect is there to view - the home.
Be It Ever So Humble: Please don't apologize for the appearance of your home. After all, it is lived in. Let the agent answer any objections that are raised.
Shut off the Television: The TV can distract from the home. Let the agent and the buyer talk free of any disturbance. Soft background music can provide a nice ambiance.
We Love Our Pets: but it is better to have pets out of the way or out of the house during showings.
Be Aware of Odors: People will linger in a fresh, pleasant smelling home. Stale air or bad odors make them want to leave and can ruin the sale.
A Word to the Wise: Do not discuss price, terms, possession or other factors with the customers. Refer them to me. As a seller, most anything you can say could compromise your position. As a third party, a realtor is in a much better situation to negotiate a favorable conclusion.