What you can do to help your real estate agent show your home
Showing your home is very important to its sale, and there are many ways you can help your real estate professional do his or her job successfully. Here are some last-minute details that will maximize your home’s selling potential:
- The television is turned off or low enough to allow the salesperson and buyer(s) to talk, free of disturbances.
- Have soft background music playing.
- Bad odors are eliminated. Set out potpourri.
- The house has adequate lighting (during daytime, drapes are open; at night plenty of lights are on, including the porch light).
- Wood is stored next to the fireplace. In winter, a fire is lit.
- The kitchen sink is free of dishes.
- Magazines and children’s toys are in order.
- Plants have been watered and look healthy.
- Fresh flowers are arranged tastefully around the house.
A spotless interior will reinforce a good first impression for your home
- Walls are clean and free of smudges, fingerprints and dents.
- Woodwork and wallpaper are inspected for problem areas; wallpaper is cleaned and woodwork waxed.
- Badly worn furniture is temporarily stored in a family’s or neighbor’s attic or basement.
- Curtains and drapes are freshly laundered.
- Rugs and carpets are shampooed. Floors are waxed.
- Loose doorknobs, sticking doors, windows and warped drawers are repaired.
- Leaky faucets are fixed. Water discoloration in sink is eliminated.
- Loose stair banisters are tightened and steps are free of objects.
- Light fixtures are in good working order and discolored or cracked switch plates are replaced.
- Closets, shelves and drawers are organized to display spaciousness.
- Clothing is hung neatly; shoes and other objects are neatly arranged.
- Bathrooms are sparkling clean. Tub and shower caulking is repaired.
- Bedrooms are neat. Bedspreads and curtains are attractive. The kitchen is clean and tidy, including cupboards, stove and oven.
- The basement, attic and garage are clean and well organized.
- Mirrors, picture frames and glass covering pictures are clean.
- Mirrors are strategically placed to create an impression of added space in problem areas.
- Lamp shades are in good condition.
- Electrical connections are plugged in.
- Consider painting walls and replacing carpeting if cleaning doesn’t do the trick.
- Keep lighting in mind when you show your home. Good lighting will make your home seem more cheery and spacious
What you can do while your house is being shown
- Be courteous and don’t force conversation with the potential buyer(s). Ask your real estate broker or agent if your presence is necessary.
- Never apologize for the appearance of your home. Let your real estate broker or agent answer any objections.
- Leave it to your real estate professional to emphasize the features of your home.
- Make sure your agent or broker knows where you are to answer and questions, but don’t tag along.
- Let your real estate professional discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the potential buyer(s).
- Remember, your real estate broker or agent has the experience and training necessary to bring negotiations to a successful conclusion. And, if you’ve followed the guidelines provided, you’ll know you’ve already done your part in helping your home sell by making sure it creates a good first impression.
Your Home’s Exterior Creates the Prospective Buyer’s First Impression
Since the exterior of your home is the first thing a prospective buyers sees, a little time and effort can make a big difference in the impression your home creates — and pay big dividends when the sale is made. Use this checklist to make sure your home’s exterior looks its best:
- Lawn is well cut and neatly trimmed around the walks and drive.
- Flower garden is weeded.
- Shrubs are trimmed and dead trees and branches are eliminated.
- All debris is disposed of and toys and lawn equipment are neatly stored.
- Fences and gates are repaired and repainted, if necessary.
- The roof, gutters and downspouts are in good repair.
- Cracked windows and torn screens are replaced. Screens, windows and window sills are washed
- Doorknobs are polished.
- Doorbell and front lights are in good working order.
If you would have planned to paint the house within the coming year, consider painting the house before showing it. A new paint job, well done, will normally enhance the sale value a good deal more than the cost of the paint.
Remember, if your home’s exterior looks clean, orderly and in good repair, that is the impression your house will first convey