If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer both emotionally and visually, thus prompting them to make an offer. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they think of when they consider the asking price.
A bad first impression can dissuade a potential buyer. Don’t show your property until it’s all fixed up. You do not want to give buyers the chance to use the negative first impression they have as means of negotiation.
Ask around for the opinions others have of your home. Real estate agents who see houses everyday can give solid advice on what needs to be done. Consider what architects or landscape designers have to say. What you need are objective opinions, and it’s sometimes hard to separate the personal and emotional ties you have for the home from the property itself.
Typically, there are some general fix ups that need to be done both outside and on the inside. As a seller, you should consider the following:
Landscaping - Has the front yard been maintained? Are areas of the house visible to the street in good condition?
Cleaning or Redoing the driveway - Is your driveway cluttered with toys, tools, trash etc.?
Painting - Does both the exterior and the interior look like they have been well taken care of?
Carpeting - Does the carpet have stains? Or does the carpet look old and dirty?
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Linda and Dave were excellent in several areas with the sale of my home. This included communications, market knowledge and getting the job done. They always returned calls promptly.Ann B.
This note is to let you know how much I appreciated working with you over the last 5 months. When I was selling my duplex you showed me information about the market that I was naïve to. When the buyer was dragging his feet, you said the appropriate words to get him going. During my search for a replacement property you were extremely patient. You spent many nights at the office until 8 p.m. When we finally found the perfect deal you were quick and stealth like. We had the property tied up before most people knew the property was available. Then there was all the paperwork before closing. I would have most assuredly gone mad if you were not there to sort things out. I appreciate all the work you put in to make these deals work. I look forward to working with you in the future.Pete F.