Preparing your home

According to industry experts, a well-polished house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Below are some tips to "stage" your home. The point is to objectively put your home in the best light in the eyes of the prospective buyer. First impressions are lasting impressions.

If your home needs minor repairs or even major renovations, Al will be happy to refer you to a qualified contractor in your area. Please, call for a complete listing of Concierge Services.

  1. Strive for a good curb appeal. Trimmed lawns, edged walkways and cultivated flower beds add value to your home without a lot of expense. Exterior paint should be fresh and clean.
  2. Keep the interior of your home orderly, clean and free of clutter. The home's appearance is a reflection of the kind of care you have taken over the years.
  3. Kitchens and bathrooms should be spotless.
  4. Organize the garage, freshen closets and remove accumulated clutter to show spaciousness.
  5. Paint walls and woodwork that are chipped or faded. Clean carpets and replace them if they are in bad condition.
  6. Fix sticking drawers, loose knobs and dripping faucets.
  7. Make sure all light fixtures are functioning. Leave dark areas lighted with lamps. Open curtains and wash all windows.
  8. Leave the thermostat on a comfortable setting.
  9. If your home will be vacant, be sure to leave utilities on so that the home can be viewed at all hours and is comfortable and clean.

Once you get everything in shape, here are some additional points for showing your home:

  • Before the prospective buyer arrives, create a cheerful atmosphere by opening drapes and curtains and turning on lights.
  • Avoid having too many people present. Potential buyers may feel like intruders and hurry through.
  • Unless pets are quiet, peaceful and well-behaved, get them out of the way. You may love and be comfortable with them, but many buyers will not.
  • Soft background music may be acceptable, but turn off blaring stereos, radios and televisions. They can only impede discussions.
  • Silence is golden. Too much talking on your part can only distract from the buyer's inspection of your home.
  • Never apologize for the appearance of your home. After all, it's been lived in. Let Al react to comments.