Sellers Info : A good first impression can help sell your home. Your major role as a seller will be to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. The time, effort and limited financial investment involved can give you the competitive edge needed to sell your home when you want - at the price you want.

Your HMO's exterior creates the prospective buyer's first impression. Use this check list to make sure your home's exterior looks it's best: 1) Lawn is well cut and neatly trimmed around the walks and drive. 2) Flower gardens are weeded. 3) Shrubs and trimmed and dead trees and branches eliminated. 4) All debris is disposed of and toys and lawn equipment are neatly stored. 5) Fences and gates are repaired and repainted, if necessary. 6) The roof, gutters and downspouts are in good repair. 7) Driveways and sidewalks are washed down and checked for cracking and crumbling. 8) Cracked windows and torn screens are replaced. Screens, windows and windowsills are washed. Doorknobs are polished. 9) Doorbell and front lights are in good working order.

A spotless interior will reinforce your home's good first impression. Use this check list to make sure it's ready to show. 1) Walls are clean and free of smudges, fingerprints and dents. 2) Woodworks and wallpaper are inspected for problem area' wallpaper is cleaned and woodwork is waxed. 3) Badly worn furniture is temperately stored out of sight. 4) Curtains are drapes are freshly laundered or cleaned. 5) Rugs and carpets are shampooed. Floors are waxed. 6) Loose doorknobs, sticking doors, windows and warped drawers are repaired. 7) Leaky faucets are fixed. Water discoloration is sink eliminated. 8) Loose stair banisters are tightened and steps are free of objects. 9) Light fixtures are in good working order. Discolored or cracked switchplates are replaced. 10) Closets, shelves and drawers are organized to display spaciousness. 11) Clothing is hung neatly and shoes and other objects are neatly arranged. 12) Bathrooms are sparkling clean. Tub and shower caulking is repaired. 13) The kitchen is clean and tidy, including cupboards, stove and oven. 14) The basement, attic and garage are clean and well organized. 15) Mirrors, picture frames and glasses covering picture are clean. 16) Cirrus are strategically placed to create an impression of added space in problem areas. 17) Lampshades are in good condition. 18) electrical connections are plugged in.

Over-improving doesn't pay. Don't plan major improvement on your home. Most home buyers want to make their own major changes. You are usually wiser to sell them the potential - at a price they can afford.

Use the following as a last minute check list before you home is shown: 1) The television and radio are turned off or low enough to allow the salesperson and buyer(s) to talk, free of disturbances. 2) Children and pets are sent outdoors to play or otherwise entertained to eliminate confusion and to keep the prospect's attention focused positively on your home. 3) Bed odor's are eliminated. 4) The house has adequate lighting (during daytime drapes are open' at night plenty of lights are on, including the porch light). 5) Wood is stored next to the fireplace. In winter a fire is lit. 6) The kitchen sink is free of dishes. 7) Magazines and children's toys are in order. 8) Plants have been watered and look healthy. 9) Fresh flowers are arranged fatefully around the house.

Us the following check list while your house is being shown: 1) Be courtius, but don't force conversation with potential buyer(s). Ask your real estate broker or agent if your presence is necessary. 2) Never apologize for the appearance of your home. Let your real estate broker or agent answer any objections. 3) Leave it to your real estate professional to emphasize the features of your home. 4) make sure your agent or broker knows where you are so you may answer question, but don't tag along. 5) let your real estate professional discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the potential buyer(s).

Courtesy of Chicago Title.

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