Hints and Tips to help sell your Home quicker then your competition! 

 

LIGHTING EFFECTS

Use light to enhance your home. If you have a fireplace, use it to set up the atmosphere.

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Open draperies and turn on lights to create a delightful sense of place. 

SOUND

Set a comfortable feeling throughout your home with soft background music.  If possible schedule Buyer showings around all outside construction noise. 

If there is traffic or nearby construction noise, schedule showings around the noisy times of day.

SMELL

Eliminate all unusual smells. Aromatic candles, pot potpourri, soft incenses can help and flowers look nice and can leave a pleasant aroma too. Remove strong smelling foods, some or pets orders prior to showing the home. Grinding fresh lemon in a garbage disposal and boiling cinnamon sticks, grinding fresh coffee or baking fresh cookies will create a clean, fresh scent. Make them fell like they are home!

TOUCH

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Invite the Buyer to open, inspect and close cabinets, closets and storage areas. Make your home comfortable enough that the Buyer and or their Realtor want to sit, relax, talk and of course, write an offer! 

TASTY TREATS

Offering fresh baked cookies or snacks to your visitors is a friendly thought. 

SAFETY AND COMMON SENSE

Remember to remove keys, jewelry, and other valuables from a home ro lock them in a room or closet. Be sure to disclose necessary infromation in you "Seller's Disclosure Statement Form" and share that with the Buyer, Broker, and their Potential Clients. In fact it is best just have a Seller's Disclosure Statement on the kitchen counter and let them ask you questions if they do.
Make all manual and warranties for appliances and the home available.
Less clutter is better! Remove all items that will not go with the sale of the property or make a list of the items to be excluded from the sale, i.e. favorite plants, spa, washer or dryer, ect. Note cards work great!
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Some ideas for you to consider after 10 years of helping many sellers. View your home with a Buyer's eye for details. Today Buyer's have seen everything; they are trained by the agents and look at every property with a critical eye! Make the house and land easy to walk through and as neat as possible without too much change to your life style.

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WINDOWS AND DOORS

The aroma of fresh home baked cookies or bread is a great idea!

Oil hinges on doors and windows. Clear stairways and secure handrails. Adding a fresh coat of paint to doors and windows. Keep windows clean and draperies working properly. Replace any bent or damaged screens and window glass. Check that doorknob and locks work properly. Polish all brass and chrome fixtures.

Trim outdoor plants, clean walkways and be sure landscaping does not restrict natural light.

INDOORS

Floor Covering Remove bad odors. Repair broken tiles. Steam-clean carpets and stained furniture if possible. Repair any damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards. Repair loose carpeting and remove and replace damaged areas.

  • Closets and Storage Areas

Keep closets and storage areas neat! Storage space increases the Buyers desire, when possible add storage space. Storing items you do not use frequently. This is a good time to discard any unnecessary items.

  • Bedrooms and Living Areas

Make living areas inviting! Arrange ALL furniture and create spacious atmosphere! Dust everywhere, vacuum and touch-up walls, and patch cracks and paint! Wallpaper should adhere smoothly on walls. Repair ALL paper that is peeling!

  • Flower arrangements

fireplace in use, scented candles and more fresh baked cookies will leave the Buyer with good memories of your house!

  • Kitchens and Bathrooms

Be aware of odor! Clean soap dishes, mirrors, faucets and appliances. Store ALL supplies and set freshly washed towels. Remove ALL unnecessary items from counters, drawers and cabinets.

  • Counters and Cabinets

Give the kitchen, bathrooms and counter tops a clean and spacious appearance. Garage or Workshop Items should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units. Organize the space for vehicles and work areas. Consider moving excess and oversized items. Above all else don't change your life style! Try to have some fun with the sales process.

 

Increase your 24 hour Marketing. Drive by Curbside Appeal is Important!

The exterior of your house is what the buyer sees first when they drive by, ultimately, making them want to STOP and visit your home. The following hints can increase your home's curbside appeal and help the Buyer to write a offer!

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√ MOW, TRIM AND FERTILIZE THE LAWN.

√ POLISH DOOR HANDLES AND OTHER KNOBS.

√ FENCING - REPLACE MISSING SLATS, CLEAN GATE LATCHES, STAKES AND POSTS.

√ REMOVE DEBRIS I.e TREE BRANCHES, DEAD PLANTS AND LEAVES.

√ ADD FLOWERING PLANTS AND OUTDOOR FURNITURE THAT WILL UP THE APPEAL.

√ CLEANUP GREASE OR OIL SPOTS ON CONCRETE SURFACES.

√ STORE AWAY ANY UNNECESSARY ITEMS I.E GARDENING EQUIPMENT.

√ REPAIR BROKEN HINGES, PAINT OR STAIN THE FENCE IF NECESSARY. 

√ FRESH COAT OF EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PAINT!

√ ORGANIZE AND CLEAN ALL VISIBLE ITEMS I.e. PATIO'S, OUTDOOR GRILL OR BARBECUE.

√ REPLACE WORN OR BROKEN ITEMS I.e. UNSIGHTLY MAILBOX OR RUSTY DOORBELL.

√ WEED FLOWERBEDS AND REPLACE DEAD PLANTS AND TREES ALONG DRIVEWAY, GARAGE AND CARPORTS

√ MAKE ANY NECESSARY REPAIRS TO WORN ROOFING, CRAWL SPACES, SHINGLES OR CRACKED SURFACES. 

* MOST OF THIS WORK WILL GET YOU A FASTER SALE AND POTENTIAL RETURN ON THAT INVESTMENT. 

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ROOF

Inspect, clean, and or repair.

 

 

PATIO - DECK - GARAGE 

Make sure the garage door works easily and the automatic door opener is operating. Replace all batteries everywhere!

Be sure porch light are working, all light bulbs are replaced and add welcoming features such as new doormats and flowering plants

SIDING AND TRIM

Make it easy to see your home! Move vehicles from blocking the view from the street. Remove boats or other items in the driveway so buyers are able to park.

FRONT ENTRY

Consider painting the highlight features of your home such as trim work, shutters, gutters, downspouts, and railings.

Having all of the above work completed in any order you want should help you get your investment back at closing!


I can not say this enough, Buyers have been driving around and around looking at many houses and a property that offers good "Curb appeal" Make yours standout so they will stop and come into your home.

Think objectively! When you drive up, what's the first thing you see? Does your house look inviting? Does your house encourage buyers to stop and take notice? Or do you see the your old boat, kids toys thrown around the yard and overgrown landscaping?

Here are hints and tips to help your property make a great first impression:

NEAT LANDSCAPING

Cut back overgrown trees and bushes. Remove dead plants. Fertilize your lawn and plants to make them healthy, alive, and green! 

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If possible planting flowers along walkways or pods along the sidewalk to help set up your curb appeal (take the Martha Stewart approach) buyers really appreciate the look of a well-maintained yard.

Fresh mulch or beauty bark around the planet areas of the house can meet an inexpensive way to add curb appeal and it will give your front and rear yard a well-kept look. An attractive front entry and Polished exterior Hardware is important. Paint or stain doors and windows if needed. Consider hanging planted baskets. 

Set out pots of flowers near entryways where buyers will notice them. Benches, chairs, and tables with flowers are great touch. Clear and clean all light fixtures, sidewalks, porches, and walkway, add a new "welcome" foot mat if needed. Reduce front and rear yard clutter. Move cars into the garage and out of the driveway. Keep the kids bikes, toys, and other play equipment out of sight.

In other words, create an environment that the Buyer can picture themselves enjoying their home. Give laptop real estate, inc. a call we can help or provide you with some many "Quality Referrals"