Tuesday, February 19, 2019 / by Matt Bergman
1: Improve curb appeal:
Curb appeal is a big part in selling a home. Its the first thing a buyer sees before they walk into the sellers home. So its super important to make it look as nice as possible. As a seller you need to make sure your lawn is well groomed. If mowing isn't your thing then hire a company come in and take care of it for you. Also adding flowers or planters will bring color and life to the outside of the house. Replacing some of the little and worn out things will make the house have less eye sores to it. Things like the house numbers, the welcome mat, and door knocker would be an easy fix but really help the over all feel of the house. If you have space for it getting outdoor furniture capitalize on that, it's super welcoming and gets the potential buyer to think about the endless possibilities. Change out the lights outside with new led lights, if they come after dark it will really brighten it up for them. As a seller you should clean up the outside. if you have fire wood make sure its all stacked nice, if you have kids make sure the toys are out away. Also a new coat of paint on the outside door would spice things up a bit. Pick a color that goes well with the house color and also catch the eye of people looking.
2:Conceal your pets
As a pet owner myself I know how they are a part of our family. But with that said I know not everyone likes my pets as much as me. I went into multiple showings were the seller didn't warn us about them, or the pet made a huge mess. There was a dog in a room and it wouldn't let us walk in to see it, it seemed super aggressive. So as a seller you and your agent should meet up and talk about a strategy to conceal your pets. You could put them in a kennel, outside, or in the garage. But whatever you decide to do write a note to leave out and put it in the listing so the potential buyer will know what they're walking into. Some of you don't like the idea of locking your pet away. So you will have to get creative. If you have a good relationship with a neighbor they could watch your pet for the hour that your house will be shown. If the showing is while you're home you can just take them with you, go for a walk or take them to a park. The last resort would be boarding your pet during the day. Also pets have a smell to them so make sure the fur is vacuumed up and the kitty litter is cleaned and put away.
3. Ready to show your house at all times:
As a seller you need to be willing to open up your home for all potential buyers, and that means at all reasonable times too. Keeping the house showing ready is never easy or fun but you need to be prepared just encase. Some people have different work schedules so we want to make sure they have the opportunity to see your house. That means keeping your house clean as much as possible. Typically you will have at least an hour to be ready for the showing, so you can take care of little things before then. So no dirty dishes, no clothes left on the floor. This is your one chance to make a lasting impression. Don't let a messy house be the reason why your house doesn't sell. You might think this seems straight forward but iv'e seen it multiple times where a buyer shows up to a messy house. You want to sell your house so let people into it!