are some little hints designed to help you sell your house.
You may already know a few of these, but rest assured, the
agents in our network know all of them. Some tips are more
applicable to certain types of houses. Be sure to ask your
agent which of these tips will work best for you and see
if they have any additional "tricks of the trade."
We hope you find them helpful.
Step One: Getting Ready To List
Before you put the house on the market, make sure it is
ready to be shown in it's best condition. You do
not want to be working on last minute maintenance while
a prospective buyer is on the way to see the house.
sure the outside of the house looks nice
Mow the lawn - your yard is the first impression prospective
buyers get of the house.
Trim hedges and flower beds - goes hand in hand with the
lawn. If you don't have one already, this may be a good
time to hire a yard service for a one-time primping.
easily noticeable "small jobs" - clean the gutters
if they are overflowing. Replace a few cracked or missing
roof tiles. If it's not a big job you intend the buyer
to fix, take care of it early. It will add to the perceived
value of your house.
friends or acquaintances what they think of the outside
of your house. Tell them to be brutally honest. Simple suggestions may increase the value of your home. Of course,
your agent will also have some suggestions.
the inside look nice too
the walls - especially if you have children or pets. Look
for smudges, scrapes, etc. You may want to think about
repainting a room with a neutral color.
Clean the windows - all the windows. Especially the hard
to reach ones. People notice.
the carpets - again, especially if you have children.
At the very least, vacuum.
Make your house seem as spacious as possible - remove
those items just laying around. And don't put them in
the junk closet, attic or garage. Prospective
buyers will be looking to see how spacious these areas
are, too. This may be a great time for that garage sale
you've been meaning to have.
Two: Once You've Listed The House
So you've chosen one of our referred agents to list your house. Now you're ready to have prospective
buyers take a look at your home. How do you stay ready for
the surprise showing?
On Top Of The Outside
Keep your yard in impeccable condition - remember, you
want to look so good that people want to buy the house
look at the outside of your house as a stranger would
- every few days stand in the street in front of your
house (note: be careful no cars are coming) and survey
the yard. Anything need trimming? Garbage cans
around the yard - people buying the house will. See if
anything looks abnormal.
you know someone is coming, clean up toys, etc.- you don't
want the first impression to be a cluttered front yard.
Stay clean - it will save you a great deal of aggravation
knowing you don't need to run around cleaning the entire
house when you receive that call saying "Can I show
the house in 10 minutes?"
burned out light bulbs - let them see your house in the
best light possible.
dishes and counter tops - nobody likes a messy, cluttered
kitchen. At least get everything into the dishwasher.
Cage pets, or get them away from the house - some people
are afraid of animals, others are allergic to them. Either
way, don't let them jeopardize the sale because the buyer wants
to run out of the house.
Drapes and blinds - let the sun shine through. Show them
the view. Again - show your house in the best light.
off the extras - if it's a cold day light a fire in the
fireplace. On a hot day turn on the fountain in the pool.
Make it easy to see your favorite features.