MAKING THE DECISON TO SELL YOUR HOME.
Know why you are selling and be sure to discuss this with your agent. This will help you and your agent determine your plan of action to ensure you reach your home selling goal. If you need to sell quickly then you need to price your home accordingly and may not be able to wait to get the highest price possible in the market.
IS YOUR HOME READY TO BE "SHOWN"?
Home buyers are more apt to make offers on homes that show well. A clean orderly house is impressive and can influence a buyer.
Curb appeal! Keep grass mowed, shrubs trimmed, add seasonal flowers
Remove outdoor furniture in disrepair, clean up decks and patios
Touch up exterior paint, replace torn screens, shine brass hardware on front door
Clean up after pets
Freshly paint any rooms as necessary, shampoo carpets, repair loose door knobs, faulty light switches, make sure appliances are in working order
Pick up toys, shoes and clutter, make beds, put laundry away
Place flowers on the dining table; set out a "coffee table" book
Turn off the television
Tidy up bathrooms; set out "show" towels
Open drapes and shades, turn on lights, make house look bright and cheerful
Do a quick dusting and give the carpets a once-over with the vacuum; straighten rugs; empty wastebaskets, use air fresheners
Keep pets out of the way; make sure all pet areas are clean and free of odor
Special Tips for Showings
Secure jewelry, cash, medications and other valuables
Make sure the temperature in the home is comfortably cool in summer and warm in winter
Leave while your house is being shown