1- Trust my expertise
I’m at your service at all times. Before making any important decisions relating to the sale of your house, talk to me. I know the buyer’s needs and desires and can better emphasize the virtues of your home. Let me discuss the selling price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer. I have been trained and have experience, so let me bring your negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion, always to your advantage.
The owner of the property controls the quality of the product and the listing broker controls the quality of the marketing efforts. Correcting little imperfections might seem insignificant, but it can produce a very favourable first impression on the buyers who could already imagine themselves living in your house. The decision to buy a house is more emotional than logical, thus, the buyer should visit as he/she pleases and feels comfortable in doing so.
From your side, here is how you can improve the look in order to obtain quality visits :
2- First impressions are important
Don’t forget that the first impression visitors have will be from the main entrance of the house. Make sure that everything is clean and freshly painted, as required. The grass and landscaping must be maintained regularly and make sure dead leaves and garbage in backyard are not visible. Remove the snow if it snowed as well as any ice on the stairs or entrance.
Let your broker manage the visit and avoid being too many people in the house
Be welcoming and attentive, but try not to distract visitors, who are potential buyers. I will be in charge of managing the showing. Besides, don’t have too many people present during a home inspection, since the potential buyers will feel like an intruder and want to hurry through your house
Keep things simple and don’t forget the touch-ups
Take a few minutes to check to be sure that your doors don’t stick or have loose knobs on them. Don’t forget your windows and cabinet drawers. Get all those minor flaws fixed since they detract from your home’s value. In order to avoid having to explain what the house could look like, make sure to refresh areas with paint where applicable, replace wall paper if damaged, repair visible cracks as well as broken tiles if necessary.
Let the sun shine in
Open those drapes and curtains all the way, so the prospect can see how bright and cheerful your home is. Your home’s illumination can be a “welcome” sign to that prospective buyer ! If visitors come during the evening, leave the outside and inside lights on and replace light bulbs if required
Fix that leaky faucet
Leaking faucets spoil the look of a bath or sink and indicate defective plumbing
Make sure that the stairs are free from any obstacles and that everything is tidy because visitors will want to see everything, safely! Accidents must be avoided because they might ruin the visit
Emphasize basement, bathroom and kitchen
Display your attic, basement, and other utility space (including crawl spaces) by removing all unnecessary articles. Check and repair any damaged or discolored caulking in the bathtubs and showers, and be sure that the towels and area rugs are bright. These rooms must be sparkling clean, faucets cleaned, cracks and missing caulking filled
Maximize storage areas
This is the opportunity to clean up the cupboards and show visitors that they will have lots of storage space. Make them look bigger by having them neat and well organized to show that your home has ample closet space
Beware of the dog
A dog is “man’s best friend”, but not when showing your home. Keep all pets out of the way and not underfoot.
3- Don’t try to hide defects in regards to the house
As the owner seller, make sure you reveal everything. The informed seller will take the lead and inform the buyer of any known defects that could impact the value of the house. Then, the buyer can fill in his/her offer to purchase with confidence and adjust his/her budget accordingly. This will facilitate the process of the inspection of the property.