Seller Tips List

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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