a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your
property. When you take the following steps, you'll help your RE/MAX
sales associate sell your home faster, at the best possible price.
Make the Most of that First Impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch
welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed
- front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel
the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal
of your home, the better.
Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room,
the bathroom the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is
fading, consider some minor redecoration. Remember, prospects would
rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could
look "with a little work".
Check Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty
or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects
in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what's right with
Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they
will also stick in a prospect's mind. Don't try to explain away sticky
situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your
part can smooth the way toward a closing.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller
skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs
and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous
as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable
living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your
attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
Consider Your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time
to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or
unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display
your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious
look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains
are a must.
Light it Up
During the daytime, let the sun shine in! In the evening, turn on the
excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside
- when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth,
and make prospects feel welcome.
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