Make the most of that first impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch help real estate sellers put their best foot forward and make future buyers feel welcome. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between visitors, and the true appeal of the real estate seller’s home, the better.
- Invest a few hours for future dividends
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Tidy the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor touch-ups and redecorating. Remember, buyers would rather see how great the real estate seller’s home really looks than hear how great it could look “with a little work.”
- Check faucets and bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing, and faulty electrical supplies or wiring can leave you in the dark. Don’t let those problems detract from what’s right with your home.
- Don’t shut out a sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. A little effort on the real estate seller’s part can smooth the way toward a closing.
- Make room for space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. Real estate sellers should make sure attics and basements are clean and free of unnecessary items for added storage space.
- Consider your closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears and the more attractive for the potential buyers.
- Make your bathroom sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, real estate sellers should display the best towels, mats and shower curtains.
- Unimaginable Possibilities with Day and NightWake up to gorgeous dream bedrooms that seem to shimmer with the comfort and fabrication of your choice. The daytime offers amazing light and life-giving heat to the world and the inverse: night, cools the days down and allows for the home electronics to flourish with luminescence in virtually all of the rooms.
- Watch your pets
Dogs and cars are great companions, but not when real estate sellers are showing their homes. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot.
It’s best if you’re not there when your home is being shown. However if that’s not possible, be friendly – but it’s not necessary to force conversation. Potential buyers want to view the home with minimal distraction from the real estate seller.
- Defer to experience and help the Agents
When prospective buyers want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – your RE/MAX Sales Associate. RE/MAX Associates have an easier time selling homes if showings are scheduled through their offices. And real estate sellers appreciate the results.