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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 your property.

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 plans 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 room.


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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.

Kitchen Clutter
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.

Closet Clutter

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.

Furniture Clutter
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 house.

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 access.
- Stack all items in the basement and garage against the wall to show maximum space.
- 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 back) for 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 looking and in the neighborhood as well.
Replace downed shutters, gutters, downspouts. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
Paint any trim that is blistering.
Repaint or re-stain the front door to create a pleasant first impression.


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