The professional and well-trained agents at William Means Real Estate are the experts in marketing your home. Selling your home is a joint effort and you are an important part of the final results. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so follow these 10 resolutions for the perfect home showing and gain a competitive edge over other inventory in the New Year.
Boost That Curb Appeal. Be sure to keep your yard mowed, edged and free of debris. Trim your shrubbery and clean out your gutters. You may also opt to store toys and bicycles out of the way in the garage or garden shed.
Welcome Home. The entrance to your home always makes a statement, so you will want to keep the walkway swept and the porch clean (you can even paint if necessary). Scrub down the entry, windows, lights and the front door. Keeping a flowering plant on the front porch is always a nice touch.
Exterior Matters. Check trim and gutter for peeling paint and fix any broken windows or torn screens. Remember to also replace clouded windows and sliders as a potential buyer will notice even the most minute details.
Clean, Clean, Clean. You will definitely want to start with cleaning the house. Shampoo or replace worn carpeting and wax your floors. Your kitchens and bathrooms should sparkle!
Tackle Your To Do’s. Have you been putting off re-painting or fixing that dripping faucet? Now is the time to address lingering issues around the house that a buyer will be sure to notice.
De-Clutter. Focus on clearing out the clutter and re-organizing personal items. Neat and clean counts. However, never turn down a showing just to clean up. Never apologize for the appearance of your home, people understand.
Create A Purpose. Each room should have a clearly defined purpose, so think about what potential buyers might like to see. An office? A guest room? By designing each room around a specific purpose, it will give buyers an idea of what they can do with each space.
Conceal The Critters. If possible, absent your pets while the house is being shown. You may be a dog and cat lover, but your potential home buyer may not feel so cozy with your furry family members. Plan to send your pets to daycare in the event of an open house and be sure to clear away food and water bowls.
Storage Space. Closets are likely your main storage space and also where clients may wish to take a peek. There is nothing we love more than a great walk in closet, so be sure to clean and re-organize these spaces in order to show their potential.
Let There Be Light. Turn on all lights and lamps in the house and open blinds. There is nothing better during a house tour than a beautiful, daylight filled room. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
The William Means approach to selling your home is focusing closely on key components: Marketing, Christie’s, Pricing, and Preparation. Learn more about our process by contacting one of our agents today!