Monday, October 19, 2009

Hints on Showing Your Home


October 19, 2009------It is very important to spruce up your home as much as possible so that when buyers visit, they are favorably impressed. Over the past years, we have found that by taking the following steps you can make your home more appealing, and increase the likelihood that it will sell quickly, and for the best possible price.

Steps to Take Now

  • Keep lawn neatly trimmed.
  • Clean all windows
  • Paint or clean entry porch & front door.
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs.
  • Tidy up closets. If possible, clean out your closets & store as many items as you can someplace else.
  • Eliminate clutter from counter tops, bookcases, and all floor areas.
  • If you have pets, determine if there is any area (preferably outside or in your garage) where you can confine them to when potential buyers visit.
  • Fix any leaky faucets or defective electrical switches.
  • Give your home a careful cleaning.
Steps to Take When a Buyer is About to Arrive at Your Home
  • Turn all the lights on, even if it's daytime.
  • Open all drapes.
  • Tidy up kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Freshen up any cat litter box, or hide it.
  • Keep the house comfortable. This may require turning the heat up to at least 68 degrees in the winter. If you have a working fireplace, light a fire.
  • Put money and valuables out of sight.
Steps to Take When an Agent is About to Bring a Buyer to Your Home
In addition to the above steps:
  • Try to leave the house during the visit. Buyers will be more comfortable if the owner isn't present.
  • If you can't arrange for your children to go somewhere else, keep them occupied in one room or outside on a nice day.
  • Let the sales associate show your house. Do not follow them around your house.
  • Save the business card of the sales associate who shows your house, so that you agent can follow up with them the next day.

Melissa Simms
RE/MAX Associates
Louisville, Kentucky

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