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You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Of all the things a homeowner can control is the condition of their home. The average buyer looks at 10 to 20 properties prior to purchasing a home. So you are competing for their business.
Think Like a Buyer!
Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes! Remember, they arrive at your front door wanting to find the right home. Don’t make them search somewhere else for it. You are not just selling a house. You are selling shelter, lifestyle, and dreams. People always want the best for themselves, and your home should represent the buyer’s answer to this goal.
Here are some tips to get you ready for showings.
Repairs: The rule of thumb is, if something needs to be repaired, fix it!
Curb Appeal: This is the first thing a buyer see's when they pull up to your house, it's important to keep your lawn and bushes trimmed if you need mulch or stones get it, if the outside needs a fresh coat of paint get it painted, make sure the driveway is free of any debris, dirt and stains power wash if neccesary.
Cleaning: The inside of your home should sparkle and shine! Clean all windows, inside and out. have a carpet cleaner come in and do the carpets if necessary, clean and polish linoleum, tile and wood floors, cabinets and pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Declutter: Re-arrange furniture to give the rooms as spacious a feeling as possible. Consider removing furniture from rooms that are crowded. If neccesary, store large items.
Pack up collectibles...both to protect them, and to give the room a more spacious feel. Leave just enough accessories to give the home a personal touch. Dispose of unneeded items.
Remove all clutter and make it a habit to pick up clothing, shoes, and personal possessions each day for possible showings.
Atmosphere: Create a pleasant atmosphere, make sure your home is from cooking or pet odors. You want your home to be light, bright and airy, you want the potential buyers to enjoy their visit and to picture themselves living in your home.