What To Do When Selling Your Home

People usually decide within two minutes whether they like a home or not. The first impression is often the lasting impression. Buyers begin forming their opinions before they even walk in the front door, so it's important for your home to look its best. A great strategy to do this is to pretend you're a prospective buyer. You've probably been looking at other homes, so approach your present home the way you look at other houses. Remember, even though you are a Seller, it's now time to look at your home through the eyes of a buyer.

Preparing Landscaping and Exterior

Many buyers will decide whether to consider your home when they drive to the curb. You should give special attention to the landscaping and exterior condition of your home.

  • Grass and shrubbery should be neat and trimmed
  • Exterior should look clean and freshly painted
  • Sidewalks should be swept and free of litter
  • Toys, etc. should be kept off front lawn
  • Windows and doors should be clean and in good repair
  • Gutters should be clean
  • Seasonal flowers should be planted in prominent areas to add visual appeal

Preparing the Interior of your Home

The same careful attention should be given to the inside of your home as you give the exterior. Once buyers have entered your home, you will want them to see it at its best. Make sure it is clean and tidy.

  • Interior should look freshly painted
  • Rooms should appear clean and uncluttered. Remove all unnecessary articles
  • Electrical switches should function perfectly
  • All lighting should have fresh bulbs
  • Dripping faucets and leaky toilets should be repaired
  • Doors should open smoothly
  • Whether it's hot or cold, make sure the interior temperature is as comfortable as possible
  • Garage should be clean and uncluttered
  • Clear all counters-buyers need to be able to imagine their possessions in the home-not yours
  • All appliances should be in good working order
  • Make sure your windows are clean and your screens are in good condition
  • Remove clothing and shoes, if necessary, to make closets look roomier
  • Let there be light - turn on the lights and make sure all the draperies are open

A Word to the Wise...

  • Three's a crowd. Whenever possible, it's smart for you to be away from the home during a showing. If you must be home when your property is showing, go outside or if that is not possible, avoid being in the same room with the agent and the buyer. Please don't follow the agent around. If you do, the prospect will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house. Also, keep the children and pets in the background and out of the way.
  • Turn off the TV - it's a distraction. Soft music, however, is a good idea. Let the buyer and agent talk free of disturbances.
  • Keep pets out of the way, under control, and preferably out of the house. Air freshener is often advisable, particularly if the house has been closed up for some time. Also, please empty litter boxes.
  • Never apologize for the appearance of your home.
  • Don't discuss price, terms, possession or other factors with the buyers. Let your agent handle any negotiation.
  • And last but not least: For your own safety, as well as to protect your confidentiality, do NOT allow anyone to see your home without an appointment through our office.