Easy Steps for Preparing and Showing Your Home

First Impressions: An inviting exterior helps insure inspection of the interior. Keep your lawn trimmed and edged, flowerbeds cultivated, the yard free and clear of refuse. Winter lawn, especially in front, is a big asset.

Decorate For A Quick Sale: Don’t tell the prospect how the place can be made to look, show them by making it look great. A quicker sale at a higher price may result.

A Clean Home Is A Happy Home: Bright, cheery windows and unmarred walls will assist your sale.

Fix That Faucet: Dripping water discolors the enamel and calls attention to faulty plumbing. Have these issues fixed before showing your home.

A Day Playing Carpenter: Loose doorknobs, sticking drawers and warped cabinet doors are a big no-no. Have these things fixed or fix them yourself if you can.

Closet magic: Clothes neatly hung, shoes, hats and other articles properly placed, will make your closets appear larger. Pack and store excess items.

Rest Sells: Bedrooms are always important features. Arrange them to feel spacious and clean. People are likely to especially focus on bedrooms, as it is the space in which they are likely to spend a lot of time.

Let There Be Light!: A well lit space is always a welcome sign. For after-dark inspections, turn on your lights from the front porch in and throughout. Lights in the darkness are very welcoming. Also turn on lights in the daytime for rooms that are not so bright.

Don’t Be a Third Wheel: When a Realtor® and the prospective buyer arrive you should greet them courteously, and then disappear. Children and pets should be kept clear. Don’t volunteer any comment unless asked. Remember the prospect is there to view the home, not have a conversation with you about personal matters.

Shut off the Television: The radio or TV can distract from your home. Let the agent and the buyer talk free of any disturbances.

Leave Fido Behind: This does not apply in house selling. Keep pets out of the way; preferably out of the house.

Don’t Raise a Stink: People will linger in a fresh, pleasant smelling home. Stale air, or bad odors, make them want to get out and can ruin the sale. Set out potpourri or air fresheners with a light fragrance.

Be It Ever So Humble: Don’t apologize for appearance of your home. After all, it is lived in. Let the agent answer any objections that are raised. There’s no need to kill the sale before it’s even begun with any off comments.

Wisdom: Do not discuss the price, terms, possession or other factors with the customers. Refer them to your Realtor®. As a seller, most anything you say could compromise your position. A Realtor® can better bring the negotiation to a favorable conclusion.

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home: Colorful curtains in harmony with the floor and counter tops add appeal for the lady of the house. Keep oven clean as it often gets inspected.

No Such Thing As TOO Clean: Bright and clean bathrooms sell many homes. Keep toilet lids down and make sure all fixtures have had a good going over.

Feel free to contact me for more information on preparing and showing your Boise area home.

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