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First Impressions Are Lasting

Make good first impressions. If you live in a single family home, please evaluate the exterior. Does you home have a good "curb appeal" to a buyer driving the area? Do you need some colorful plants, or some landscaping fill-ins? Keep lawn trimmed and edged and the yard free of
refuse. Make sure front walkway is swept. The front door greets the prospective buyer. Make sure that it is fresh, cleaned and scrubbed looking. Bulbs and lamp fixtures should look clean and in working order.


Let the Sun Shine In

Arrange shade of drapes to give maximum light. Turn every light on, even during the day. Replace all burned out bulbs. Let them see how cheerful your home can be.


Small Repairs Make A Big Difference

Loose knobs, sticking and squeaking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, badly cracked plaster and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have them fixed. Many buyers believe there will be ten problems they have not noticed for every one they do see.


Paint For A Quick Sale

Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. You cannot find a better investment when you are selling a house than a few cans of paint.


Make Closets Look Bigger

Neat, well ordered closets show space in ample. Remove all unnecessary accumulations from closets, garage and all rooms. Remove excess furniture. Your home will appear much larger than it actually is.


Is Your Age Showing?

Sometimes minor redecorating is recommended if certain elements of your home are dated and tired looking. Dark wood, shag carpet, foil and flock wallpaper, etc. can be a turnoff even when the rest of your house is terrific. I can suggest inexpensive and effective ideas to bring you a better sales price.


Pride Of Ownership Sells

Cleanliness attracts buyers. Put sparkle in your home and it will pay off. For special showings and open houses, colorful fresh flowers give a special touch and show the pride you have in your home have soft classical music in the background.


Show Off Your House

Get rid of clutter

Arrange furniture for an open feeling; too much furniture makes a room look smaller

Flowers and plants add pretty touches to rooms

Kitchen counter tops should be free from clutter; put small appliances out of sight

Remove the "artwork" from the refrigerator door

Clean fingerprints from light switches and woodwork

A quick coat of paint works wonders. Use off-white; It does not offend anyone

Organize the closets and cabinets; they will look bigger

Bathrooms and kitchens should be sparkling clean

Clean away mold and mildew from around bathroom tile and fixtures

Clean Air-Conditioner Duct

Fix loose doorknobs, drippy faucets, torn screens, etc.

Take care of pet, cigarette, and cooking odors with:

Potpourri

Air spray

Bunches of eucalyptus

Clean carpet and deodorizer

Open windows and air out the house

Bake bread or cookies, etc.


Three's A Crowd

Buyers prefer privacy when shown through a house. That includes pets as well. Whenever possible, never stay in your house with house hunters. The buyer will feel more relaxed. If it is necessary for you or your family members to stay, please don't discuss terms, price etc. Silence is golden. Be courteous and only answer questions when asked. Do not force conversation, stay away from them. Apologies should never be made for any adverse conditions in your home. It only emphasizes the defects. Please let me handle any objections or answering any questions. It is part of my job and training.


Reasonable Access

Please let me know where you can be reached and anytime you will not be in town or available for showing presentations. I will always call you with as much notice as I am given. If you need to reach me to change time and do not have all our numbers with you, just call the office and they will give them to you. We are open seven days and week and have voicemail after hours. In emergencies you can ALWAYS reach me at any day and hour.


Things to do just before your property is shown


Open blinds, drapes and shades - let the light in

Turn lights on, especially in dark areas such as hallways and baths.

Turn on air conditioning so house temperature is comfortable

Open bedroom and bathroom doors

Turn the TV off

Turn loud music off; soft music on very low is nice

Make the beds

Dishes should be done

Keep toilet seats closed

Everything should be neat, clean and uncluttered

Keep pets outside or out of the way

And you, the Seller, should walk outside or run an errand. Buyers are more likely to share their true feelings without the Seller
being present.