A Seller's Checklist

The old saying "you never get a second chance to make a first impression" rings especially true when trying to sell your home. Studies have shown that buyers make up their mind in about a dozen seconds whether or not they're interested in buying your property. So, in order to give yourself the best chance of selling your property, keep these tips in mind:

Make sure your house is spotless

Remember, you have less than half a minute to hook potential buyers, and a house that needs some clean-up will not do the job.

Make any improvements and repairs necessary

You don't want that leaky faucet to be the sticking point on your house. Eliminate that problem before it can become one.

Give the impression of room and space

Make the house look as big as it can by getting rid of extraneous furniture, keepsakes or anything that will visually shrink your home.

Remove personal items

In the spirit of removing what you don't need, you'll also want to that make it seem like you're not holding onto the house. The home should look like it's ready to be moved into by anyone so they can add their own personal touches and special items to it.

Keep the house quiet

Walking into a quiet, peaceful environment will put the buyer at ease, and that's the way you want them.

Brighter is better

Make sure that you make use of all available lights. Bright, happy homes are what people remember and want to be in, so throw up the blinds and leave the lights on so you give the impression of an open, bright, airy home.

Make it smell good!

Odors from pets, smoking, food or other potential turn-offs should be eliminated right off the bat. Keeping windows open is one way to do this, as is making sure you take out the trash and keep people from smoking indoors.







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