Your South Bay Home to Sell
searching the market, there are numerous choices out there
and endless competition for you....so what can you do to help
make your home stand out, get noticed, and get sold? Here
are a few tips to prepare your home to get shown and sold.
Impressions Last - How your property appears from the
outside is important. To make a good first impression on
a buyer, a clean driveway, a freshly mown lawn or a trimmed
hedge will work wonders. Make sure your front door is fresh
and clean. Keep your lawn trimmed and free of refuse. Do
a critical inspection of the exterior of your property,
paying special attention to the condition of your windows,
shutters, screens and gutters. One of the first things a
buyer will notice is the need for painting. If your property
looks like it needs painting, many buyers will form an unfavorable
impression. Elsewhere, little things count. Make sure the
front door is spotless, including the doorknob, and that
the windows gleam.
- Once inside your property, one of the key factors that
influences its appeal to a buyer is cleanliness. Most important
is front hallway, the kitchen and the bathrooms. Do a
room-by-room cleaning, and dont forget any out-of-sight
areas because thats often where a
discriminating buyer will look first. The state of the carpets
can also be a determining
factor. At the very least, have your carpets cleaned, and
if they are worn, its wise to replace them, or remove
them if there is hardwood underneath.
is More - Clutter makes a poor impression. In closets,
cabinets, kitchen countertops and other storage areas like
basements, remove anything not needed for daily housekeeping.
make each room in your property look larger, get rid of
or donate unnecessary furniture.
Walk through your property and think: Less is more.
For A Quick Sale - Why tell a prospect how your home
could look when you can show him by redecorating? Little
Things Count. Its easy to improve the appearance of
any room. You may want to replace worn rugs or small pillows,
put new towels in the bathroom or brighten up a room with
a vase of flowers.
The Sun Shine In - Open drapes and curtains to show
how cheery your home can be.
- Make sure everything is in good working order. Dripping
faucets, squeaky steps and loose doorknobs can easily create
a bad impression and reduce the value of your property.
hours spent on repairs, whether by yourself or a tradesman,
can pay big dividends when an offer is made. Dripping water
discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing. Loose knobs,
sticking windows and other minor flaws detract from value.
Top To Bottom - Display the full value of your attic
and utility space by removing clutter.
First - Keep stairways and other traffic areas clear.
Together - Get all the members of your household to
pull together when it comes to getting and keeping
your property ready to view. By getting everyone
into the habit of spending a few minutes tidying up every
morning for an afternoon showing, you improve your chances
Closets Look Bigger - Neat, well-ordered closets show
that space is ample.
Help Sell Homes - Check and repair caulking. Make this
Bedrooms Neatly - Remove excess furniture. Use attractive
bedspreads and curtains.
You See The Light? - The prospect will feel a glowing
warmth if you turn on all lights for an
A Crowd - Avoid crowds during inspections. Crowds make
prospects feel like intruders.
Underfoot - Keep them out of the way, out of the house.
It Ever So Humble - Never apologize for the appearance
of your home. Let the trained
salesman answer any objections.
The Background - The Realtor knows the buyers
requirements and can emphasize the features of your home.
You will be called when needed.
Word To The Wise - Let your Realtor discuss price and
other factors. He is qualified to bring
negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
Your Agent - Show your home only by appointment through
your agent. This will help close your sale more quickly.