Remember, when a prospect comes to look at your house, the first thing he will see is your home’s front door ! Be sure that it is fresh, and clean. Be sure your lawn and landscaping is well manicured and trim looking. Be sure your yard is free of refuse and leaves. If it snowed, be certain that you’ve removed the ice and snow from walk and steps.
Faded walls and worn woodwork will reduce the appeal of your home. Why try to tell a prospect how your home could look… When you can show him by a reasonable amount of redecoration ? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. Invest in wallpaper in the kitchen or bathroom. It will pay dividends for you.
Open those drapes and curtains all the way, so the prospect can see how bright and cheerful your home is.
Take a few minutes to check to be sure that your doors don’t stick or have loose knobs on them. Don’t forget your windows and cabinet drawers. Get all those minor flaws fixed since they detract from your home’s value. Since dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing.
Display your attic, basement, and other utility space (including crawl spaces) by removing all unnecessary articles. A coat of paint can do wonders if your basement is dark and dreary.
Make these rooms sparkle ! Check and repair any damaged or discolored caulking in the bathtubs and showers, and be sure that the towels and area rugs are bright.
Your home’s illumination can be a “welcome” sign to that prospective buyer! Turn on all of your outside and inside light when showing your home at night and he’ll feel a glowing warmth as a result of your lighting.
But not the potential buyer. When showing your house, turn off that blaring radio or television. Let me and the buyer talk freely and not be distracted.
A dog is “man’s best friend”, but not when showing your home. Keep all pets out of the way and not underfoot.