Make the most of that first impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch help you, the Seller, put your best foot forward and make prospects feel welcome. 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.

Invest a few hours for future dividends
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Tidy the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor touch-ups and redecorating. You can benefit from updating the hardware on kitchen cabinets, adding new slipcovers to sofas and keeping a vase of fresh flowers in the entryway. These are some of the simple touches that can go a long way. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to help 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.”

Check faucets and bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned-out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let those problems detract from what’s right with your home.

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 fix them. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

Think safety
Although you may have learned to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller blades on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low-hanging overhead lights. Make sure your residence is as safe as possible for visitors.

Make room for space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure attics and basements are clean and free of unnecessary items.

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 the best towels, mats and shower curtains.

Create dream bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must if you want buyers to be able to imagine relaxing there.

Open up in the daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back curtains and drapes so that prospects can see how bright and cheery the home is.

Lighten up at night
Turn on the excitement buy turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.

Avoid crowded 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. So keep the company present to a minimum.

Watch your pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: keep Kitty or 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 for a showing, it’s time to turn down the stereo or TV.

Relax
It’s best if you’re not there when your home is being shown. However, if that’s not possible, be friendly – but it’s not necessary to force conversation. Prospects want to view the home with minimal 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 us handle the situation.

Keep a low profile
Nobody knows your home better than you. But we know buyers – what they need and what they want. We 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 prospective buyers want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to us. As the owner, you might feel tempted to weigh in, but your two cents could cost you much more.

Help us
We have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through our office. Easier for you and in the end you will appreciate the results.