Showing the House to Potential Home Buyers
Once on the market your house should always be available for show, even though
it may occasionally be inconvenient for you. We will put a lock
box in a convenient place, to make it easy for other agents to show your home
to homebuyers. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule appointments, which is
an inconvenience. Most will just skip your home to show the house of someone
else who wants to sell their property quickly by making their properties more
accessable. No one is going to buy a home without seeing it, inside and out.
We will work with you to complete a schedule that we can list with the property
details so that you are not highly inconvienced and other agents can plan to
bring their clients at a time that is convienent for everyone.
Most agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice before showing
The following is a quick checklist to prepare your home for a showing when it
is on the market:
• Understand that short notice is possible. Sit with your family and discuss
for short notice visits. It helps in the long run.
• Pick up/clean up all clutter.
Open the drapes and blinds. – Prospective buyers like homes that are well
lite and give a warm and inviting feeling. Make sure your home looks as bright
as possible. Turn on the lights.
• Put all animals outside.
• Home should be cool in summer/warm in winter.
• Play light music if possible.
• Place fresh bouquets of flowers around.
Most important – Stay out of the way (leave the property). Why should I
leave the property?
Homebuyers will already feel like intruders if you are home when they visit,
and they might not be as receptive toward viewing your home. Additionally, they
will not feel free to speak freely about the property. No one is going to say
in front of a homeowner “this room needs to be painted.” Or conversely,
they may feel restricted to speak in terms that the house already theirs. “Our
table would look really nice there.” It’s too presumptuous and the
buyers do not want to seem overly excited for fear that – that may be a
signal to the seller to raise the price. Visit the local coffee house, yogurt
shop, or take the kids to the local park. If you absolutely cannot leave, try
to remain in an out of the way area of the house and do not move from room to
Getting Ready to List . . . get rid of the clutter!
Properly preparing your home for sale is very important in making a good "First
Impression" to the prospective buyer. It can also help a house sell more
quickly and for more money. The following link, provides a checklist of items
to do to prepare your home for sale.
- Removing Clutter, Though You May Not Think of it as Clutter
This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally
attached to everything in the house. After years of living in the same home,
clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However,
it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter
collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets, garages, attics, and basements. Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let a friend help point out areas
of clutter, as long as you can accept their views without getting defensive.
Let your agent help you, too.
The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is an easy
place to start. First, get everything off the counters. Everything. Even the
toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a
place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Of course, you
may notice that you do not have cabinet space to put everything. Clean them out.
The dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used? Put them in a box and put that
box in storage, too. You see, homebuyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the
kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their "stuff." If
your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and drawers look jammed full, it sends a negative
message to the buyer and does not promote an image of plentiful storage space.
The best way to do that is to have as much "empty space" as possible. For that reason, if you have a "junk drawer," get rid of the junk.
If you have a rarely used crock pot, put it in storage. Do this with every cabinet
and drawer. Create open space.
If you have a large amount of foodstuffs crammed into the shelves or pantry,
begin using them – especially canned goods. Canned goods are heavy and
you don’t want to be lugging them to a new house, anyway – or paying
a mover to do so. Let what you have on the shelves determine your menus and use
up as much as you can.
Beneath the sink is very critical, too. Make sure the area beneath the sink is
as empty as possible, removing all extra cleaning supplies. You should scrub
the area down as well, and determine if there are any tell-tale signs of water
leaks that may cause a homebuyer to hesitate in buying your home.
Closets are great for accumulating clutter, though you may not think of it as
clutter. We are talking about extra clothes and shoes – things you rarely
wear but cannot bear to be without. Do without these items for a couple of months
by putting them in a box, because these items can make your closets look "crammed
full." Sometimes there are shoeboxes full of "stuff" or other
accumulated personal items, too.
Many people have too much furniture in certain rooms – not too much for
your own personal living needs – but too much to give the illusion of space
that a homebuyer would like to see. You may want to tour some builders’ models
to see how they place furniture in the model homes. Observe how they place furniture
in the models so you get some ideas on what to remove and what to leave in your
Storage Area Clutter
Basements, garages, attics, and sheds accumulate not only clutter, but junk.
These areas should be as empty as possible so that buyers can imagine what they
would do with the space. Remove anything that is not essential and take it to
the storage area.
Or have a garage sale. Afterall you are moving? Isn’t a great idea to get
rid of the clutter that you ultimately will be packing and possibly receive a
higher offer on your property because your home looks spacious?
- Paint only the rooms that look fingerprinted, worn of faded.
- Have the wall to wall carpets and draperies cleaned.
- Fix any dripping faucets. Perhaps only a new washer is needed.
- Replace old caulking around the bathtubs. This can be done with on tube of
new caulking and putty knife. –
- Spray lubricant on all squeaking doors, windows, closets and cabinets.
- Remove items from the floor of walk-in closets so that prospects can have easy
- Stack all items in the basement and garage against the wall to show maximum
- Vacuum the garage, basement, rafters and all floors.
- Pre-pack items that may clutter your home. Extra toys in the children's room
and nick-nacs may actually make rooms appear smaller than they are.
- Clean your home from top to bottom. A professional cleaning service can do
this for you.
• Cut the lawn every week during the marketing period.
• Edge the lawn up the driveway and along the sidewalks (both front and
a finished look.
• Trim all shrubbery and remove low lying tree limbs.
• Fertilize your lawn to make grass look lush and green. That's why spring
is a good time to sale homes. The plants around properties are green and lush
in the neighborhood as well.
Replace downed shutters, gutters, downspouts. Remove debris from gutters and
Paint any trim that is blistering.
Repaint or re-stain the front door to create a pleasant first impression.