As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale
of your property. When you take the following steps, you'll help your
RE/MAX Sales Associate sell your home faster, at the best possible
1. Make the Most of that First Impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch
welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly
scrubbed - front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter,
shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles there are between prospects
and the true appeal of your home, the better.
2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here is your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living
room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the
paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper
adds charm and value to your property. If you're worried about time,
hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember,
prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear
how great it could look "with a little work." Dripping water
rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, suggest faulty or worn-out plumbing.
Burned out bulbs, or faulty wiring would leave prospects in the dark.
Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home.
Find a plumber, electrician or general contractor to help.
3. 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. Don't try to explain away sticky
situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on
your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
4. Think Safety
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller
skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs
and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous
as possible for uninitiated visitors.
5. Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable
living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your
attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items. The better
organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now is the time to box
up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
6. 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, display
towels, mats, and shower curtains.
7. Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious
look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains
are a must.
8. Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects
can see how bright and cheery your home is.
9. Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside
and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Lights
add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
10. Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home
filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it
deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present
to a minimum.
11. Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your
home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a
favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
12. Think Volume
Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction.
When it's time to show.
Crest Realty Westside, Vancouver, BC Canada.