You want to make sure you get the best value for your home, therefore it’s important that you make sure it’s in the best shape possible when you show your home to prospective buyers. Once you put your home on the market, you must be prepared to show it at all times, or at least be aware that prospective buyers could be driving by your property at any time day or night. Therefore it’s important to make sure that it appears as valuable as it is.
Here are some helpful tips to help sell your home:
- Tidy up the grounds – porches – garage. Keep lawn trimmed and edged. Make sure that your yard is clean of refuse.
- Your front door gives a vital first impression while a Realtor and prospect wait for you to answer the bell. Be sure it is scrubbed clean or painted if necessary.
- Dress up windows in freshly laundered curtains.
- If any decoration is needed (especially kitchen) do it now! $100 worth of paint may balance $500 in a price cut. Bathrooms help sell homes. Make this room sparkle.
- Keep all steps clear of hazards.
- Keep pets out of the way when showing. (This is to avoid any annoyance a pet may cause a prospect buyer as well as ensure that the buyer’s attention remain on the house.)
- Avoid having too many people present during inspections. The potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house. Do not allow children to tag along on the visitors’ tour.
- Leave showing to the salesperson. It is his/her business to sell; he/she can lead up to basic reactions alone better than with running conversation help. The salesperson knows the buyer’s requirements and can best emphasize the features of your house. You will be called if needed.
- Don’t discuss anything concerning the sale with the customer. Let the Realtor discuss price, terms, possession, and other factors with the customer. He/she is eminently qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
- Never apologize for appearance. It only accentuates or distracts.
- Never try to sell furniture to a customer before the deal is completed.