14 Suggestions for Homeowners in preparing their home

(on how to really help you sell your property)

  1. Tidy up the grounds - porches - garage.  Keep lawn trimmed and edged.  Make sure that your yard is clean of refuse.
  2. Your front door gives a vital first impression while a Realtor and prospect wait for you to answer the bell.  be sure it is scrubbed clean.
  3. Dress up windows in freshly laundered curtains.
  4. If any decoration is needed (especially the kitchen) do it now!  $20.00 with of paint may balance $100 in a price cut.  Bathrooms help sell homes.  Make this room sparkle.
  5. Keep all steps clear of hazards
  6. Don't forget to have all light sockets filled with bulbs.  Illumination is like a welcome sign.  The potential buyers will feel a glowing warmth when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.
  7. Wash dishes, put away clothes, straighten up newspapers, etc.
  8. Make up beds with attractive spreads.
  9. Keep pets our of the way when showing. (One type of prospect is annoyed - the other gets attention diverted.)
  10. Avoid having too many people present during inspections.  The potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house.  Do not allow children to tag along on the visitors tour.
  11. Leave showing up to the salesman.  It is his business to sell; he can lead up to basic reactions alone better than with running conversation help.  The salesman know the buyer's requirements and can best emphasize the features of your home.  You will be called if needed.
  12. Don't discuss anything concerning the sales with customer.  Let the Realtor discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer.  He is eminently qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
  13. Never apologize for appearance. It only accents or distracts.
  14. Never try to sell furniture to a customer before the deal is complete.

5 projects that can make a big impact

Aroma plays a subtle but important role in a buyer's decision. Try baking a quick batch of cookies prior to a showing. Your home will smell sweet and be more enticing to buyers.


Trimming hedges and trees and cleaning the windows also helps. If your home looks unkempt from the outside, buyers will be more critical about details on the inside.


Even the smallest renovation can increase the resale of your home.  According to a recent study by HomeGain, real-estate Web site, these five projects can make a big impact:


Improvement Typical cost Increase in sale price Average return

  • Interior cleaning $305 to $339 $2,093 to $2,378 594%
  • Landscaping and trim $432 to $506 $1,594 to $1,839 266%
  • Fix plumbing, electrical $338 to $381 $922 to $1,208 196%
  • Kitchen, bath upgrades $1,546 to 2,120 $3,823 to $4,885 138%
  • Paint interior walls $1,453 to $1,588 $2,342 to $2,600 63%


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