Tips for Homesellers
I’m sure you already know that selling or buying a home is the most significant financial transaction and individual will perform in their life; so here are some helpful tips to make the process easier and more enjoyable.
1. Remember that you are a reflection of your home and your home reflects upon you, so, dress yourself and your home accordingly when showing your property.
2. Always be friendly, warm, open and above all, HONEST!
3. If you decide to use a realtor, interview several and be sure to ask about, experience, education, annual sales, advertising, marketing, availability, and accessibility, but most of all, be sure you are comfortable with them.
a) Be active in your home sale, distribute information to co-workers, friends, and relatives. Distribute flyers and post index cards with information about your home; who knows, the person who buys your home may be in the desk next to you!
4. Take your realtor on a tour of your home and be sure they know your house as well as you. Show them the good and bad points and ask their advice about how to make your home show better.
a) Before you meet with your realtor you will want to get reacquainted with your home: know phone jacks locations, cable hookups, electrical outlets, circuit breakers, storage areas, crawlspace, attic, well capacity, septic system, satellite system, vegetation, neighborhood, etc. You may also want to call your utility companies and find out your average monthly utilities cost.
5. Keep in mind what and how much you are willing to compromise on the sale of your home (i.e. carpet or landscaping allowance, fix roof, etc.).
6. Before showing your house be sure to dress it up properly:
a) Be sure it is clean and tidy. If necessary, you may want to hire a professional cleaning service to handle the major cleaning.
b) Be sure any problems are fixed. A handyman can do wonders patching holes, repairing scratches, fixing wallpaper, touch-up painting, window washing/replacement, carpet stains, leaky faucets, landscaping, etc.
c) If necessary, hire a carpet cleaning service; carpet cleaning is less expensive than a carpet allowance!
d) Display pleasant items: plants, flowers, art, crafts, china, clean oven, clean counters, bathrooms, fireplace lit, blinds up, doors open, etc.
e) Remove or store unpleasant items: dirty laundry, promiscuous pictures, weapons, alcohol, unfriendly animals, automotive parts, animal droppings, ashtrays, unsightly furniture, etc.
7. When you receive notice that someone will be seeing your home, you may want to: tidy things up, especially entryways; put on some soft music; present some soft fragrances: soft air freshener, potpourri, apples and cinnamon in the oven, warm apple cider, etc.; open all blinds and turn on lights indoors and outdoors, if nighttime; light the fireplace in winter or turn on the air conditioner or open windows if summer. Find small children and pets a place to play or activity to do while showing your home; they can be distracting at times.
8. If you are comfortable with it, assist your realtor and other realtors when showing your property; you know it better than anyone does. Answer all questions honestly, and if there is a problem provide options for solving them. Be sure to point out key or special features, upgrades. You may want to make some coffee or offer your guests a soft drink; you want them to feel right at home!
This can be a lot of work, but remember two things; you can always hire people to help you, and the outcome of your hard work can be very profitable!