Showing Your Home For Sale
Can you See The Light?
Illumination in your home can be a “welcome” sign for every prospect. Turn on all interior and exterior lights, including accent & picture lights. Open all blinds.
Potential buyers will feel like intruders and may want to hurry through the home if the Home owner(s) are present. Take a walk or a short drive while your house is being shown.
Silence Is Golden
When your house is being shown, turn off any TV’s, stereos or radios. This will allow the agent and buyer to talk freely without having to yell over any noise.
Put Fido Outside
Dog is man’s best friend, but not when showing your house. Keep all pets out of the house or out of the way.
This is Not A Social Call
If you do meet a prospective buyer, be courteous and friendly, but don’t force conversation. They are there to inspect your house, not be social. If there are any questions, David and Mike are always available to answer them.
Mr. (or Ms./Mrs.) Clean Saves Thousands!
Cleaning, sweeping and straightening are the most important things you can do before showings. A house that is not clean or is cluttered and messy can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars. The buyer may walk out of the house and the Realtor will be less likely to show your home to other prospects.
Preparing Your Home For Sale
First Impressions Are Lasting
The first impression (curb appeal) is very, very important. Your yard should be raked & trimmed.
A Little $$ Goes a Long Way
A minor investment in paint and carpet cleaning (or new carpet, if needed) will pay dividends in the form of a better price and a quicker sale. Fresh paint is always a wise choice.
Let The Sun Shine In!
Open the drapes, blinds & curtains, and clean the windows so that a prospect can see how bright and cheerful the house is. Dark and gloomy rooms do not appeal to most home buying pros pects.
Don’t Be A Drip
Fix leaky faucets; dripping water suggest faulty or worn-out plumbing (minor repairs). Discol ored or stained sinks and toilets should be properly cleaned and sparkling.
Little Things Mean A Lot
Loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors & drawers, stuck windows – are all negative factors. Take a few minutes to check and repair all those seemingly minor flaws.
Keep stairways and hallways clear. Clutter is unattractive and causes accidents.
Top to Bottom
Let prospects see the full value of your garage, attic, shed and closets by removing junk and cartons. Rent short-term storage space if necessary.
Kitchens & Bathrooms Sell Homes
Make your kitchen and bathrooms sparkling clean. Remove excess items on counters.
Selling Your Most Valuable Asset Is Too Important To Leave To Chance
Choosing the right Realtor to market and sell your home will determine if you get the most out of what may be your single largest investment. Most folks here on Long Beach Island decide NOT to take chances. They simply call LBI’s most experienced agents, David Cowles and Michael Cowles. Agents whose names are recognized year after year as leaders in the industry.
How do they do it? By always going the extra mile. They are energetic, focused and enthusiastic. Realtors that never rest on past accomplish ments. Rather, David and Mike are always looking for new and innovative ways to sell homes faster and for top dollar.
So when you feel like taking chances, book a weekend in Atlantic City. But when it comes to selling your home, your most valuable asset, don’t gamble….