Helpful hints for selling your home
Please follow these simple suggestions to help us sell your home quickly and for the best possible price. Remember, we do not get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Cleaning & Fixing Up
First impressions are lasting - a bright and cheery home invites inspection.
Home stagers will tell you that a clutter-free home looks better in the eyes of a potential buyer. It makes your home look cleaner, and appear larger. This makes it easier for home buyers to envision their furniture in your home. Plus, it can result in a higher offer.
- Keep your lawn trimmed and edged - remove cuttings or clutter from yard.
- Weed and cultivate gardens and flowerbeds - plant some flowers for color and brightness.
- Clean sidewalks of dirt, snow or ice.
- Wash all windows - repair damaged screens and windows.
- Remove objects from sidewalk such as children’s toys.
- Make sure the Real Estate sign is visible and upright.
These Items Are Really Critical:
- Clean walls, floors and windows.
- Remove clutter from halls & stairs to give a wider appearance.
- Clean out your closets and shelves to the point where they almost look empty. Well organized pantries and closets look larger.
- Clean around furnace and hot water tank.
- Could the room with too much furniture be made to look better with a few pieces taken out? Does the den look better with less books and cherished knick-knacks? Be willing to box up some things for a few months to keep the feeling of your house more spacious. Move furniture around to create a better walking pattern through the house.
- Repair plumbing such as leaking faucets, toilets. Tighten loose screws, oil squeaky doors, fix dripping faucets, and pay attention to detail. If the little things aren’t taken care of, buyers will wonder about the rest of the house.
- Repair burnt out light bulbs - add higher wattage bulbs for brightness in areas such as the basement.
- Tighten all hardware such as kitchen cabinets, door knobs and closet doors.
- In general, fix any minor defects and especially wash marked walls and dust.
- Stove, refrigerator, sink and floors should be spotless.
- Leave all work space clear and remove dirty dishes from sink.
- Wash all cupboard exteriors.
Remember: Kitchens and bathrooms sell many homes.
- Neat, spotless and fresh.
- Fix minor things such as caulking around bathtub.
When Showing Your Home
- Three's a crowd - More will lose the sale. Avoid having too many people present during showings. The prospect will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the home. Please try to be out during showings.
- In the shadows - Please do not accompany the Prospect and the Salesperson. They know the Buyer’s requirements and can better emphasize the features of your home when alone. They will call you if needed.
- Love me, love my dog - Does not apply in house selling. Keep your pets out of the way and preferably out of the home.
- Silence is golden - Be courteous but do not force conversation with the Prospect. He is there to inspect your house - not pay a social call.
- Be it ever so humble - Never apologize for the appearance of your home. After all, it has been lived in. Let our trained Real Estate Salesperson answer any objections that may be raised.
- Music is mellow - But not when showing a house. Turn off the TV and radio - they are distractions. Let the Salesperson and the Prospect talk, free of such disturbances.
Other Points to Consider
- Open doors in the daytime and close them at night. Turn on all lights or let us turn them on for the entire showing. Strong odors can ruin a sale. Make sure your home is as fresh as possible.
- Not discussing price, terms, possessions or other factors with prospective purchasers is best. Refer them to your Royal Lepage agent. He or she is better equipped to bring the negotiation to a quick and favorable conclusion.
- PLEASE remember that this is not meant as criticism of your property, but merely as an aid to market your property more effectively.