Getting Ready To Show Your Home
1. First Impressions Are The Most Lasting.
Remember that when a prospect comes to look at your home the first
impression (curb appeal) is vital. Your front lawn and other landscaping should
be neatly trimmed and mowed. Make certain that your yard is clean of refuse
and leaves. The walk should be swept, and, in winter remove ice and snow from
walk and steps. The front door must be clean and fresh looking, the doorbell
in working order.
2. Decorate For Quicker Sale.
Faded walls and worn woodwork will reduce the appeal of your house. Why describe
how your house could look when you can show how it looks with just a reasonable
amount of redecoration. A minor investment in paint and wallpaper will pay
bigger dividends to you in the form of a better price and quicker sale.
3. Let The Sun Shine In.
Open the drapes and curtains. Clean the windows so that a prospect can see
how bright and cheerful your house is. Dark and dreary rooms do not appeal
to most home-buying prospects.
4. Don’t Be A Drip.
Fix leaky faucets. Dripping water suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing (major
repair bills!); discolored, rust-stained sinks are also warning signs, so
they should be properly cleaned.
5. Little Things Mean A Lot.
Loose door knobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers, wobbly hinges,
stuck windows – all are negative factors. Take a few minutes to check
and repair all these seemingly minor flaws because they do detract from the
value of your house.
6. Put Safety First.
Keep stairways and corridors clean and clear of clutter. In addition to being
unattractive, clutter causes accidents.
7. Consider Top To Bottom.
Let prospects see the full value of your attic, basement, garage and other
utility/storage spaces by removing junk, cartons and other articles. Neatly
stack cartons, etc. If storage spaces are dark and dreary, a coat of paint
or extra lighting can do wonders.
8. Love Big Closets!
We all love closets and you can make them look even bigger by having them
clean, neat and well organized. Get rid of folded clothes and cartons that
take away from the spacious look.
9. Bathrooms Sell Homes
Make bathrooms sparkle. Clean stained sinks and bowls. Repair any damages
or discolored caulking around bathtubs and showers. Be sure towels and area
rugs are bright and sparkling. Make certain all light fixtures and bulbs work.
10. Wake Up Your Bedrooms.
Keep bedrooms bright and cheerful; after the prospects are gone you can close
the drapes. Remove excess furniture to avoid a crowded look. Use attractive
and colorful bed linens and spreads.