Do's and Don'ts of Selling your Home
Most buyers have a hard time imagining how a home will look with their belongings in it. Your goal is to give them a blank canvas. To that end, you should:
1. Remove any excess clutter.
2. Paint your walls a neutral color.
3. Keep the home well-lit and bright—leave on a few lights in key areas throughout the home and pull the curtains open.
4. Leave your home every day with it ready to show.
5. Your goal should be to make a positive first impression. That impression starts from the second the buyer pulls up to your home.
6. Keep your yard clean. It should be cut and watered regularly.
7. Trim your hedges and pull any excess weeds. If you have a flowerbed, make sure it looks well-maintained.
8. Make any necessary repairs upfront. If you make the kinds of repairs upfront that you’re going to have to make anyway, your house will look more attractive to potential buyers.
9. Repair loose or damaged shingles, walkway tiles, siding and caulking.
10. Repair any cracks, leaks, or water damage.
11. Replace worn carpet with a good medium quality neutral carpet.
12. Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
13. Inspect and, if necessary, repair the heating, cooling, and electrical system.
1. It’s best not to be present during showings. We recommend that, if the only reason you are going out is because of a showing, you wait until they arrive. And, when they arrive, tell them, ‘my listing agent has asked that everybody use the lockbox,’ and then lock the door. This will help us track showings and provide you with extra security.
2. For your own security, don’t leave valuables in plain site.
3. The showing feedback is our way of finding out what the market has to say about your home. Don’t ignore this feedback. Our Listing Manager will discuss all feedback with you and make suggestions. Please be prepared to listen to this informed advice.
4. Don't allow home buyers and agents who just "drive up" without an appointment into your home. They should schedule through the Showing Service.
by Carla Freund