MAKE ROOM FOR SPACE
Potential buyers are looking for more than just living space, they are looking for lots of storage space too. Your attic and basement should be clean and free of unnecessary items. Buyers want to see that they will have room for any of their extra stuff.
THINK ABOUT YOUR CLOSETS
A well organized closet appears larger than it really is. It’s time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity, or put them in storage, somewhere out of your closet.
CLEAN YOUR BATHROOMS
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and fix any damaged or unsightly caulking in the tub and showers. Display your best towels, bath mats and shower curtains. Remove any unnecessary items from the countertops in the bathroom and if you have a closet, clean it out and remove any items that aren’t absolutely necessary.
CREATE A BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM
Help a prospect see the cozy comforts of your bedroom. For a spacious look, remove excess furniture. Use colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains in your bedrooms, empty any waste baskets, vacuum your carpets and do a thorough cleaning.
LET THE SUN SHINE IN DURING THE DAY
Let the sun shine! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospective buyers can see how bright and fresh your home is. Don’t forget about your windows, make sure a buyer can see outside, clean you windows.
USE YOUR LIGHTS AT NIGHT
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Light add color and warmth, and make potential buyers feel welcome.
AVOID CROWDED SPACES
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they’re likely to hurry through. If possible, when a real estate agent is showing your home, go for a ride and stay gone for about an hour to give the buyers a chance to really get a good look at what you have to offer in your home.
WATCH YOUR PETS
We know you love your dogs and cats, after all, they are family, but not when you are selling your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot So do everybody a favor: keep your dogs and cats at a neighbors or friends when showing your home. Pick up their food and water bowls, some people don’t like animals and won’t buy your house if it smells like you have a dog or cat.
THINK ABOUT THE NOISE
You may really enjoy music, but it just might kill and real estate deal. When it’s time to show your home, it’s time to turn of the stereo or TV.
If you do have to be home when showing your home, relax and don’t try to force a conversation with buyers. Prospects want to review your home with a minimum of distraction. They want to stand back and imagine their furniture and other belongings in your home.
NEVER MAKE EXCUSES
It doesn’t matter how humble your home is, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a buyer compliments you on your beautiful kitchen, don’t say “Well I wish I would have a little more cupboard space” or “I’ve really enjoyed cooking in my kitchen but I wish it had more counter space.” If a prospect says something unkind about your home, let your agent handle the situation, don’t try to make excuses.
KEEP A LOW PROFILE
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But REMAX agents know buyers – what they need and what they want. Your associate will have an easier time explaining the wonderful things about your home if you stay in the background or better yet, go for a ride in the car.
DON’T TURN YOUR HOME INTO A SECOND-HAND STORE
When buyers come to see you home, don’t bother them with offers to sell them your furniture. Don’t put signs on items that you may want to leave behind, your agent will let the buyers agent know about these things, buyers don’t want to be distracted with the items in your home you no longer want.
REMEMBER EXPERIENCE COUNTS
Don’t ever talk price with a buyer or discuss any other real estate matters. Let your buyers speak to an expert, your RE/MAX agent.
HELP YOUR AGENT
Your RE/MAX agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through this office. You’ll appreciate the results, if someone drives by your home and wants to see it, call your agent and ask them if perhaps they can stop by, don’t show you home yourself. This is also a good thing to remember for your own safety, you don’t want people inside your home that may not have the best intentions.