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
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
- 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
- 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.
- Kitchens and bathrooms should be spotless.
- Organize the garage, freshen closets and remove
accumulated clutter to show spaciousness.
- Paint walls and woodwork that are chipped or faded.
Clean carpets and replace them if they are in bad condition.
- Fix sticking drawers, loose knobs and dripping faucets.
- Make sure all light fixtures are functioning. Leave dark
areas lighted with lamps. Open curtains and wash all
- Leave the thermostat on a comfortable setting.
- 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
- 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
- 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.