That first impression counts!
Would you believe that everything is immaculate and well maintained inside this house? Me either!!!
Try to look at your home with fresh eyes and make a few changes to improve that First Impression.
This Seller Tips List has some suggestions and reminders that might help
My husband and I have been car shopping. What a job!
I just love my 2003 Caravan. It’s roomy, easy for clients to get in and out, and has big windows for seeing the gorgeous Valley County scenery. But, she’s getting old and tired and they don’t make new Caravans in all-wheel drive. Thus the search for the right “work truck”.
This car shopping experience has been a great reminder of what it’s like to be a buyer. And a great reminder to me of the difference between being helped and being sold. Turns out I’m not really a fan be “being sold”. We ended up working with a great guy, Al Gunter, at Peterson Toyota. There wasn’t any pressure – just patience and help. And it paid off. Here is a picture of my new rig 🙂
My favorite part of real estate is helping people to navigate the sometimes rocking terrain of both buying and selling. I really don’t sell anything!
Do you have your home on the market? There isn’t any reason to be fearful, but there are a few smart ideas to help you protect yourself and your possessions.
Remember that strangers will be entering hour home. Realtors will monitor the potential buyers as carefully as possible and you can help by removing:
- Valuables such as jewelry, artwork, special collections
- Prescription medications
After your property has been shown, it is a good idea to do a quick run-through to be sure that all of the windows and doors have been closed and locked properly.
Experience tells me that the best chance of selling your property comes in the first two weeks it is listed. Realtors are watching for matches for their clients and Buyers are scouring the new listings daily. If it goes beyond the first couple of weeks, we could be in it for the long haul.
Here are five common mistakes I hear a lot:
1) Let’s price it high. I can always come down. Today’s buyers want the best value, not necessarily the perfect property. They know the market well and won’t even look if your property is obviously overpriced.
2) I don’t have to sell. If that is the case, this is probably not the right time to list your property. Buyers aren’t just looking for a deal, but a steal! This is not the right market for unmotivated sellers.
3) Some foolish rich person will come along. Seriously, we all know deep down that foolish and rich don’t really belong in the same sentence together.
4) I’ll consider offers. This is like standing on the bank fishing with no bait on your hook. Your overpriced property screams, “I’m not really interested in selling, so don’t bother me.” (By the way, that IS my favorite way to fish…… )
5) I want/need enough to pay off my other debt. For your buyer to get financing there will have to be an appraisal. So, even if she is willing to pay more than she should, her bank isn’t going to let her. The price will have to be justified by an appraiser – and believe me, the appraisers are being VERY careful these days.
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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Your front door says it all. Take a look at these photos and tell me what you expect to see inside………………..
You need to put the sparkle on your property. A little elbow grease goes a long way. Let your buyer feel she could be walking into a house that’s been prepared for company.