Just a few suggestions and reminders to help you maximize your selling price and minimize the time on the market………….1) Curb Appeal is Real What does your buyer see from his car? Make it inviting and tempting. Your lawn should be trimmed, sidewalks swept, front door clean, and windows shining. Add some color with flowers and freshen the mulch. Check the driveway for oil spills. 2) At the Front Door Clean the porch and repair the screen Put a coat of fresh paint/varnish on the door and trim Repair the door locks and key access 3) Make it Light and Bright Clean the windows and open the curtains. Buyers love lots of light. Turn on the interior and exterior lighting as a welcome sign. Light the fireplace Bake cookies or bread 4) Create Space. Clear the clutter from halls and stairways Store surplus furniture Clear the kitchen counters and stove top Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and organize Remove empty boxes and containers Let your buyer SEE the value of that roomy basement, attic, or garage 5) Add Sparkle Clean and freshen the bathrooms (don’t forget the mirrors) Clean the greasy dirt from doors and knobs Clean the baseboards and around the heating vents Clean the fronts of your appliances Clean the washer and dryer Clean the carpets, drapes and window blinds Fresh paint will pay dividends in the form of a quicker sale or even a higher price. 6) Let Your Buyer Focus on the Positive by Removing the Little Negatives Fix leaky faucets and toilets Tighten loose doorknobs, cabinet pulls, and wobbly hinges Repair seals around tubs and basins Replace defective light bulbs Oil squeaking doors Repair wall dings and touch up the paint . 7) Take a Walk Resist the temptation to “help” the realtor show your home. She knows her buyer and the degree of detail he appreciates – and the degree that frustrates him. Your buyer needs to be able to look freely. If you’re in the room he won’t express his negative impressions and the realtor won’t have a chance to respond with something positive.
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