12 SUGGESTIONS TO SHOWCASE YOUR HOME

FIRST IMPRESSIONS MEAN EVERYTHING!

One of the most important aspects in the marketing of your home is the feeling it conveys to prospective buyers. We all love the feeling of “BEING AT HOME” and it is very important that we give prospective buyers that feeling as their first impression. Remember, you never have a second chance to make a good first impression. I’ve developed the following DO’s and DON’Ts to help us keep that “JUST LIKE HOME” feeling:

 DO KEEP THE FRONT YARD CLEAN   
This is the first thing prospective buyers will see. Make sure it’s clean and that the grass has been  mowed and trimmed or that snow and ice are removed from the driveway, walkways, and steps. Don’t turn the buyers off before the inside can turn them on!
 
DO TOUCH UP OR PAINT FADED WALLS
       New paint will help give you a much better impression. A few $$ invested in a gallon or two of paint will pay dividends.
 
DO FIX LEAKY FAUCETS AND PLUMBING
       No one likes a dripping faucet or water stains under a sink. Let’s not let our buyers slip down the drain.
 
DO CAULK ANY NEEDED AREAS IN THE BATHROOM AND KITCHEN    
       Buyers notice caulking and grouting in bad repair and it’s often minor to have this freshened up. Little things can “seal” a deal.
 
DO CLEAN THE CARPETS AND FLOORS    
       Carpet should be freshly shampooed. A vacuum and mop can go a long way in making a good first impression.
 
DO FIX ANYTHING THAT NEEDS FIXING    
       Torn or missing screens, cracked glass, nicked woodwork, and anything in need of repair can dampen a home hunter’s enthusiasm. These things turn up during the home inspection anyway, so a good philosophy is: If it’s broken, fix it!
  

DO DE-CLUTTER THE HOUSE   
        Re-pack compactly, throw or give away any un-needed items, or rent a mini-storage space and move out as much material as you can. You want your closets and storage space to look as spacious as possible. Remember, SHOWING a home and LIVING in a home are two different things!
 
DO HIDE ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE WORK    
        Vacuum cleaners, hoses, lawnmowers, and any other work items should be hidden or neatly arranged. Accent anything that involves fun: stereos, television, skis, toys, etc. Everyone would rather PLAY than WORK!
 
DO SET THE MOOD    
        When showing your home, make sure the lights are on, day or night, the stereo is turned on to a soft music channel, and the drapes are open. Be sure all beds are made and all bathroom and kitchen counters are clean. A good idea is to think of “having your home ready for company” after all, a buyer is the best guest of all!
 
DO KEEP THE TEMPERATURE COMFORTABLE    
        If it’s hot, cool it down; if it’s cold, heat it up. If it’s a hot summer day, a cold pitcher of lemonade with a “help yourself” note might be very welcome. Remember, the idea is “make the buyer comfortable in the home!
 
DON’T STAY AT HOME FOR SHOWINGS   
        We want the buyers to “make themselves at home”! The agent has spent many hours with the buyers and knows how to handle their objections, but first the buyers must feel comfortable in expressing any objections which they might not do in your presence.  Let the broker handle the showing!
 
DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS IN THE HOUSE   
        Even though your dog is “friendly”, some people are afraid of dogs and won’t enter a home with a “barking dog” even if the dog is “friendly”. Buyers can’t think “buy” when they are thinking “bye”.
 

About victoriaknowsrealestate

Thank you for visiting my blog! I made a "Landmark" decision, starting a new era in real estate... joining Perry & Company, Realtors! I'm looking forward to bringing another level of service to my clients. #grateful #perryandco #luxuryinallpricepoints I am celebrating over 40 years in real estate! And how wonderful it has been--thanks to all of my friends, clients and business associates for the trust, confidence, and loyalty placed in me through the years. It has been delightful working with each of my clients. Compared to 40 years ago, there is incredible technology available to aid me in serving my clients. Through the years, I have stayed on the cutting edge of education and technology, and have served our industry in the areas of education and professional standards. I have learned much during my career, and I am eager to continue my service to you in real estate. Perry & Co. is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and is Metro Denver’s original member of Luxury Portfolio International®, an association of 600 global companies, renowned internationally for their relocation, marketing, and networking excellence. At Perry and Co., we believe in the concept of "Luxury in Every Price Point". I am just a phone call or email away. I pledge excellent service, knowledge, professionalism, and results for all your real estate needs!
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