Candice’s 12 Steps to More Cash for My Sellers
Cultivate curb charisma. Some of the best buyers are the most impatient because they need to make a decision fast. If the view of you house from the street turns them off, they may not even stop. Shape up your front yard.
Take a critical look at your house’s front side. If it’s weathered looking, if anything in need of repair can be seen, or if anything needs to be hauled to the dump - eliminate these problems. Don’t turn buyers off outside before the inside can turn them on.
Never stay in the house with house hunters. Let the agent handle it, and remove yourself if you possibly can. Remember the agent has worked many hours with these people, and knows what they’re looking for, and how to work them. Let him or her do their job without interference. You may think an agent isn’t showing the important features of your house to people, but the agent knows people aren’t sold on the details until they’ve become emotionally involved with the big picture or your house. The presence of any member of the seller’s family can’t help, always unnerves possible buyers, and often prevents a sale. Don’t put this obstacle in your path; leave when your buyers are coming.
Give your dogs and cats a vacation. They need it. So does your wallet. Having pets [especially aggressive dogs] when you’re selling your home can be incredibly expensive. Many people are acutely uncomfortable around some animals, and simply cannot think buy when their mind is on bye.
You can’t find a better investment when you’re selling a house than a few cans of paint and putty to brighten up it’s interior.
Drips do worse than run up your water bill. They focus the attention of possible buyers to your house’s entire plumbing system, and cause them to worry about it.. Fix these little problems before they cost you a sale.
Squeaking doors and creaking floors, torn or missing screens, cracked glass and anything in need of repair dampens a house hunter’s enthusiasm. Many of them believe there will always be 10 problems they haven’t seen for every one they do see.
Hide [or neatly arrange] everything connected with work. Lawnmowers, hoses, vacuum cleaners, all the gear you use to fix the house.. Accent everything connected with play and relaxation; sound systems, skis, toys in the kids room, etc.
De-clutter. Repack compactly, dispose of unused items, or rent storage space and move out as much material as you can. Your homes storage space can’t look adequate to a buyer if you have got it jam packed.
Turn up the shelter. If it’s hot, cool it; if it’s cols, light a crackling fire.
Harmonize all the elements. Music on softly, T.V. off. All the lights on, day and night. Drapes open in the daytime
You can sell pride of ownership faster and for more money. It’s called cleanliness, and fresh cleanliness has more buyers than used dirt. Put sparkle in your bathrooms and kitchens, and you’ll take lots more silver out.
Candice Kelly 760 277 7255 HomeLife Village Realtors