Tips for Selling your Home
Utilize Your Realtor's Knowledge and Experience to Sell Your Home Faster
When you choose to work with an experienced, licensed real estate professional, such as Leo Lubbers, you get to benefit from years of home selling experience, in order to help sell your home faster, at the best possible price.
One of the best home selling tips is to find a real estate professional you trust ... and then listen to the advice they offer. Your realtor will remain objective about selling your home, which will help make this emotional, exciting and sometimes stressful experience a positive one.
Smithers Real Estate - Home Selling Tips
- First Impressions Count
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects into your home. So does a freshly painted, or at least freshly scrubbed, front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better. Find a landscaper or painter to help.
- Invest a Few Hours of Your Time for Future Dividends
Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint adds charm and value to your property. If you're worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work." Find a cleaning service or handyman to help.
- Check Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home. Find a plumber, electrician or general contractor to help.
- Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect's mind. Don't try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing. Find a handyman to help.
- Think Safety
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
- Make Room
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items. Find a contractor to help.
- Consider Your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
- Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains. Find a contractor to help.
- Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colourful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
- Declutter and Organize
Potential buyers will open drawers, cupboards, doors and closets. Keep only the items you need and pack everything else away. This will make your spaces look more organized and will prove more appealing to prospects.
- Depersonalize Your Home
Prospects want to envision themselves living in your space. This is easiest for them to do when they are not looking at your knick-knacks on the mantle and your photos on the walls. You can live without those little things that make your home unique to you, so that your potential buyers can imagine living in your home too.
- Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
- Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add colour and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
- Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.
- Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favour: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
- Think Volume
Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
- Don't Apologize
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let Leo handle the situation.
- Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But Leo Lubbers knows buyers - what they need and what they want. Leo will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
- Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
- Defer to Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your Knowledgeable Real Estate Agent, Leo Lubbers.
- Help Your Agent
Leo will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the results!