Homeseller Tips

Buying real estate is an emotional decision, but when selling real estate you need to remove emotion from the situation. It is important to think of your house as a marketable commodity. Your aim is to get others to visualize it as their potential home, not yours. Buyers buy on emotion, not logic. You want lots of people to say or think… “Wow! I could live here!” 

Homebuyers like to see space when they visit a home. They will open all your closets, cabinets and drawers  to make sure there is enough room for their "stuff."  Remove clutter from kitchen cabinets, counters and drawers, closets, basement and garage to show as much "empty space" as possible. After years of living in the same home, you, the homeowner, may not see the clutter but a buyer will.

Make sure you’ve done everything you can - inside and out - to make your home as attractive as possible in the eyes of the buyer. First impressions last. And homes that look their best tend to sell faster and command every dollar they’re worth. Use this checklist when preparing and showing your home for sale:

  • A fresh coat of paint for your home (inside and out), garage, and fences - may be the one improvement that creates the most positive first impression and pay dividends far beyond the time, effort and expense involved.
  • Keeping your lawn trimmed and clear of debris increases your "curb appeal".
  • A tidy front entrance and new doormat says "Welcome" to the prospective buyer.
  • Clean windows, storms and screens and let the sun shine in!!
  • Tend to the  "little things" - oil squeaky doors, tighten loose cabinet knobs, fasten loose stair treads, take out removable stains, replace damaged floor tiles and clean soiled carpeting.
  • Make sure that all windows, doors and drawers open and close easily.
  • The kitchen is the one place in the home that buyers look at closely. Tighten leaky faucets, repair faulty wall switches, outlets, light fixtures and any appliances that will "go with the home."
  • The bathroom gets close scrutiny too. Keep it spotless. Keep tiles clean and shiny, clean grout, polish faucets, put toiletries and medicines away. Put laundry in a closed hamper.

Make sure your home looks, feels and smells it’s best... let your home be the cleanest, freshest and cheeriest home on the market and you’ll have a much faster sale. . at a higher price.