List with Lingo and use the following tips to help you prepare for showing your home to buyers:

First impressions

  • Did you know that half of home buyers are actually relocating from out of town? They might not know your town so remember that curb appeals counts here!
  • Just like going on a first date, first impressions really count! A potential suitor may look for certain characteristics including good grooming, a pleasant smell, and envisioning whether you could see going on to a second date.
  • We all know that true beauty comes from the inside but don't forget the facade of your home.

Exterior & Landscaping

  • Plant fresh flowers to enhance planters.
  • Don't forget to mow the lawn.
  • Clean windows and siding.
  • Consider new mulch or re-seediing the lawn.
  • Prune trees or dead branches.

Mr or Ms Fix It

  • Spruce it up! Consider a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper. Don't let buyers have a reason to remember your home as "the one with an orange bathroom."
  • Give attention to the details. Replace burnt out light bulbs. Clear or replace broken handles and fixtures.
  • Re-caulking doors and windows can upgrade appearances and save on energy bills.
  • Make minor repairs to doors and windows, screens, etc.
  • Change the filter in the furnace!
  • Repair any dripping faucets and replace your toilet seats.
  • Use a de-humidifier in your basement.
  • Remove cobwebs and make repairs around the house inside and out as necessary.
  • Look at your house in a new light. It needs to show well. You're selling a product.

Remove Personal Items...

  • Leave personality in the house but keep your anonymity...
  • Potential buyers want to see themselves in the house and not be distracted.
  • Store away any thing like family photos that could distract the buyer from the house.
  • Buyers can't see past personal artifacts. Let them imagine their photos there.
  • Presentation and aesthetics count! Remove extra furniture that blocks walk ways.
  • Clear your counter space off and throw out junk mail or piles of extra magazines.
  • De-clutter and eliminate knick-knacks or collectibles that may not be int he buyers taste.
  • Create organization and space. Remove anything stored on top of the 'fridge and consider taking down a few of those 'fridge magnets.

Be patient.

  • Its not going to sell in a day.
  • Its going to take effort.
  • Houses are staying on the market longer.

Just so fresh, so clean...

  • Don't let dirty dishes detract from the home. Messy spaces and smells can really turn buyers off and leave them with negative impressions. Always wash and put away dishes to make the best presentation.
  • Your mother always said "make the bed". Remember you're getting points for cleanliness here. You want to "dress" the house "to impress" the buyers.
  • Don't forget to dust and vacuum! Wax the kitchen floor. Bleach the tile grout.
  • Clean your oven as well as your 'fridge.

When its time for an open house:

  • Open the curtains and let some sunlight in. This helps open up spaces and allow warm, soft, nautral light to bathe the room.
  • Bring in some fresh flowers and take out the garbage.
  • Consider airing out the house to rid it of cooking or pet odors.
  • Keep your house at a comfortable temperature for viewers.
  • Remove pets, to their cage or outdoor yard.
  • Remove or store valuables such as currency, cameras and jewelry away.
  • Don't crowd the buyer, let your agent do the talking.

Steps in the home buying process may include:

  1. Hire an agent
  2. Establish asking price
  3. Estimate Net Proceeds
  4. Signing a Listing Agreement
  5. Marketing Your Property
  6. Showing the House
  7. Receiving Offers
  8. Accepting, Rejecting or Countering Offers
  9. Settlement & Closing the Contract