John L. Scott Real Estate
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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Preparing Your Home For Sale

To ensure a successful sale, it is important to “package” your property so your home makes a good first impression on all potential buyers. Here are some suggestions on how to get your home properly prepared for sale.

Remember — First Impressions are Everything

● Look at your property objectively. Pretend you are seeing it for the first time through a potential buyer’s eyes.
● Groom the grounds; keep the lawn trimmed and edged and tidy up porches and garage.
● Your front door gives a vital first impression. Be sure it is scrubbed and repainted if necessary.
● Wash windows and clean/dust window coverings.
● If any decorating is needed (especially the kitchen) now is the time to do it. Bathrooms help sell homes – make this room sparkle! A little bit of work can add up to a lot of value for you in a sale price.
● Be sure to leave lights on both inside and out when your house is being shown. Illumination is a welcome sign.
● Wash dishes, put away clothes, remove newspapers, etc.
● Make up beds with attractive spreads.
● Pack valuables now and store in a safe place.
● Many people are allergic to animals, so keep pets out of the way for showing and open houses.
● Leave the showing to the agent. The agent knows the buyer’s requirement and can best emphasize the features of your home. If it’s possible, we suggest leaving the property all together during this time.
● It’s best not to discuss anything concerning the sale with a potential customer. Let your Realtor® discuss price, term, possession, and other factors concerning the sale. Your Realtor® is qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
● Never apologize for appearance. It either distracts or accentuates a problem.
● Avoid having too many people present during showings. 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.