There are things most homeowners miss when preparing to sell a home. They are simple things. They are easy things. They are things our System members wish every homeowner did.
1. Paint the front door
You only have one chance to make a first impression (so the saying goes). With that in mind, ask your sellers to paint the front door so the first thing the potential buyer sees, the door, is in perfect condition. Victoria Jacobs, www.century21.ca/bjrothrealty
2. Actually clean your house
Hire professional cleaners to come and make the home sparkle from top to bottom. Encourage the sellers to spend some time decluttering counter tops (especially the kitchen and the bathrooms), cabinets, closets and storage areas to help the space appear larger. If you were selling a car, you would have it detailed and take your stuff out of it, do the same for your house! Brandi Nelson, www.c21sre.com
3. Get rid of people and animal smells
As potential buyers tour a home, they want to imagine themselves living there, not smell remnants of the wear and tear from the previous owners. Suggest to the sellers that they have the carpets shampooed to remove any dirt, pet odor and/or cigarette smoke. Gillian Weir-Fall, www.c21smokymountain.com
4. Wash the windows
Ensuring potential buyers have a beautiful, clear, unobstructed view out each and every windows is a must. Shiny, dust-free, streak-free windows make the decision to write an offer a crystal clear one. Johanna Daye, www.century21huntoon.com
5. Up the curb appeal
What do a potential buyers see when they approach the seller’s home? The exterior! Cut the lawn, trim the bushes, plant some nice smelling flowers, power wash the entrance walkway, and lay down some fresh stone or wood chips. If the home’s exterior needs a coat of paint, touch it up. Scott Faletti, www.c21pride.com
6. Say cheese! Take great photographs
The seller’s home should be showcased as a merchandised product. In order to sell in today’s highly competitive market, a home has to be shown at its best. Stellar photos allow you to capture greater interest online and through marketing materials. Angela Batchelor, www.sellingyournest.com
Realtors – what do you wish every homeowner did before putting his/her house on the market?