1) Make the Most of that First Impression!
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcomes prospects.So does a freshly painted - or least freshly scrubbed - front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel the pavements. The fewer obstacles between prospects 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 estate agency. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, and the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper 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 Taps and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discoloured sinks suggest faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leaves the prospect in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from whats right with your home.
4) Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cupboards or wardrobe doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospects 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 sale.
5) Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and blinds so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
6) Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for a storage space too. Make sure your attic or cellar are clean and free of unnecessary items.
7) Consider Your Wardrobes and Cupboards
The better organised a wardrobe or cupboard, the larger it appears. Now's 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 grouting around the baths and showers. For added allure, display you best towels, mats and shower curtains.
9) Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cosy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid excess furniture. Colourful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
10) Think Safety
Home owners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stair, festooned extension leads, slippery throw rugs and low overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
12) 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 colour and warmth, make prospects feel welcome.
13) 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.
14) 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 favour: Keep kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
15) Think Volume
Rock 'n Roll will never die. But it might kill a property transaction. When its time to show your home , it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
16) Don't Apologise
No Matter how humble your abode, never apologise for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your homes appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX Associate handle the situation.
17) 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.
18) Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your home like you do. But RE/MAX 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 you stay in the background.
19) Defer to Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms or other property matters, let them speak to an expert - your RE/Max Associate.
20) Help Your Agent
Your RE/Max Associate will have an easier time selling your home if viewings are scheduled through their office. You'll appreciate the results.
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