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Preparing Your Home for Showing

How to Prep Your House for Showings


With a little effort on your part, your home can be sold more quickly and at a better price. The following tips have proved invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention:

Preparation For Showing:

1. First impressions are lasting! The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is fresh, clean, and paint the trim.

2. Keep lawn trimmed and edged, and the yard free of refuse. Reseed the lawn and fertilize if necessary, weed the gardens, and add mulch. Deep green grass makes a lasting impression. In winter, be sure snow and ice is removed from walks and steps.

3. Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look, when you can show him by redecorating? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. An investment in neutral new kitchen wallpaper will pay dividends.

4. Let the sun shine in. Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be. (Dark rooms do not appeal)

5. Do the windows and window screens work well and look good? Have the windows spotless.

6. Are the appliances operating properly and sparkling?

7. Fix the faucet! Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.

8. Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have them fixed.

9. From top to bottom. Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles. Brighten dark, dull basements by painting walls and adding brighter light bulbs.

10. Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.

11. Pack excess linens and clothing to make closets look bigger. Neat, well-ordered closets show the space is ample.

12. Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair grout in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle. Don’t let the Handy Man add gobs of caulking when grout is what you need.

13. Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and fresh looking window coverings.

14. Have I removed or mentioned to my realtor any attached items that are not included, such as special chandeliers, shelving or garden plants?

15. Am I familiar with similar homes on the market that I may be competing against?

16. Have I asked my realtor for a list of ways I can improve the “marketability” of my home without wasting time and money?

17. Can you see the light? Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a glowing evening when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.

18. Am I ready to disclose any structural defects such as roof, foundation or wiring problems?

19. Have I started looking for my new home? Do I know what I want in another home?

20. What do I need to do to prepare for my upcoming move?

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