Choosing your real estate professional is, perhaps, the most important decision you will make when selling property. I believe the more you look around, the more you will see the value of working with me.
However, no matter whom you choose, these simple tips will help you sell your home more quickly and efficiently.
In today's world of computers and the technology that goes along with them, 87% of buyers are going on line to look at homes before ever looking in person. I do virtual tours as well as a photo gallery on all of my listings at the time of taking a listing for sale. That is why you want to make a first impression count. Not only will it be shown by the real estate agents, I have a 24 hour a day open house with the use of virtual tours showcasing my listings. Buyers will respond to the look and feel of a home. Take time to carefully prepare for showings.
Please cut grass and trim hedges, remove clutter from yard, clean toilets and the showers and put out fresh towels, replace bad light switches and light blubs, vaccum and and clean floors, maybe cook a batch of brownies before showings or give the house a good fresh smell.
Scrub, dust and fix up the works. Buyers will notice details. Get rid of the clutter, repair leaky faucets, wage war on dust and clean until your home shines. Small things can make a potential buyer walk away. When you prepare your house for showing, remember to:
Listen to suggestions. As you prepare your home, don't rely solely on your own judgement. It's hard to be objective when you're the owner. Your realtor will have helpful, professional tips on how to make your home more marketable.
Take a whiff. Nothing will turn a buyer away faster than an odd smell. Try to eliminate smoking, food and pet odors. And don't leave any clues. If potential buyers see a dog or an ashtray, they'll be on the lookout for smells and stains.
Turn on the lights. Open shades and draperies before a viewing. Open all doors inside home. Turn on inside and outside lights.
Let potential buyers "see" themselves in your home. Too many personal items can make viewers feel like they're intruding in someone else's home. Keep things clean and simple. Decorate in neutral colors.
Get out of the house. When buyers view your home, they'll be more comfortable and spend more time if you're not there. If you must be present, be as unobtrusive as possible. Let your agent do the work.
Stay unemotional during negotiations. Selling your home can be emotionally charged, but don't let that stand in the way of making a deal. Have a business-like attitude during the process.
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