Communication is Key!
Complete MY HOME ENHANCEMENT CHECKLIST within 48 hours of taking the listing. This checklist will assist you in identifying those areas that might need some attention so that your home shows better to potential buyers and REALTORS®.
PROVIDE FEEDBACK to you in an open and honest manner. Information on showings and REALTOR® tours is passed along to you.
The BUS TOUR SURVEY is used during the REALTOR® tour and emailed to you after the bus tour feedback forms are collected.
A HOME VIEWING SHEET is filled out each time a REALTOR® calls to set an appointment. This way I stay informed as to who is seeing the property and when. I follow-up with an email or a phone call to that REALTOR® for helpful feedback.
ELECTRONIC FEEDBACK SYSTEM will be used where emails are automatically sent to REALTORS® after a showing and continue until feedback is entered, by that REALTOR® into the system. Email surveys are also emailed to sellers.
MONTHLY MARKET UPDATES are completed for you either by phone or email. This update from me covers market changes, statistical information, new homes on the market and/or any properties in your area that have gone under contract or sold since your home was listed, or since our last meeting. A recap of potential buyer feedback also takes place during this update
FREQUENCY OF COMMUNICATION: As often as you prefer, my commitment is to provide you with excellent service, which begins with excellent communication and dedication.
Preparing Your Home for Sale
HOMES SELL MORE QUICKLY AND FOR HIGHER PRICES WHEN THEY SHOW THEIR BEST
The most important thing to understand and know about buyers is that: Most buyers do not have visualization skills; they can’t see past clutter and uncleanliness. Buyers are looking for their next place to call home. The items listed below may or may not pertain to your property, but please give each of them an objective review. The list is not meant to offend anyone, but rather is designed to put your property in top marketing condition. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes as everyone wants to find the best buy for the money. Since you’ll want top dollar for your property, bring it up to top dollar value.
• Don’t burn incense – light scented candles are nice
• Clean windows – buyers will look out the windows to see the view
• Clean light fixtures and make sure that all burned-out bulbs are replaced
• Turn on light classical music for showings
• Tighten up all door knobs
• Keep pets and children under control and out of the way
EXTERIOR – FIRST IMPRESSIONS BEGIN HERE!
• Keep lawn in good repair – cut, fertilize and edge regularly
• Mend fences as needed
• Remove any debris cluttering the yard
• Paint as needed – shutters, trim, entire property if needed, especially the front door
• Remove any decorative items that you plan to take with you
• Keep cars in the garage – put the property in the spotlight
• Remove grease spots from garage and/or driveway
• Clear out the garage for the look of space
• In the winter time please make sure to remove snow from the sidewalk to avoid any accidents.
LIVING AREAS – FAMILY ROOM, DINING ROOM, LIVING ROOM, HALL
• Air out the room before showings – Remember: Prospective buyers may not be used to cigarette, pet, or baby odors
• Open curtains to allow the sunlight to come in and enlarge the rooms
• Shampoo carpets if needed – the cost will be well worth it
• Spot clean walls – especially by light switches and doors
• Remove any excess furniture that make the room seem smaller
• Keep chairs pushed into dining room table and furniture straightened
• Keep kitchen counter tops free from as many objects as possible; such as toasters, blenders, mail, school books, etc.
• Remove unneeded items from the cupboards and pack them
• Use air fresheners to remove odors – you may notice odors if you have been in the home all day
• Clean and wax floors – I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH
• Clean appliances, especially the oven. New burner pans may be needed and are very inexpensive
• Take out the garbage – an often forgotten item
• Fix any damaged doors and/or drawers
• Leaky faucets should be fix and will be required by the appraiser when your home sells
• Use liquid gold or a like product to brighten the cabinets
• Fix damaged windows and/or sliding glass hardware
• Keep a set of guest towels on hand to put out before showings
• Open shower curtain to enlarge the room
• Does the shower curtain need to be replaced?
• Replace worn or broken stool covers
• Scrub the tile and caulking, remove mineral deposits and grime
• Fill in or replace unsightly caulking
• Remember general spot cleaning on walls, carpets, etc.
• Remove out-of-season clothing from closets and pack them – you’ll be moving soon, and
buyers like to see ample closet space
• Have beds made, with shades and curtains open to let in the sunlight