So you’ve decided to sell your home, you’ve picked your listing agent whose goals align with yours, decided on your listing price and prepared your home for sale. While it is your agents job to sell your home, there are still a few jobs that you the Seller need to do to help sell your home fast and for the best price.
Keep your home clean and clutter free. You should of already did this in anticipation of the photographer coming to take pictures of your home. But as life does it will get a little messy again. Keep your home looking its best as possible at all times, you never know when a call for a showing will come in and do you really want to be at work wondering if the buyers will notice that pile of laundry in the middle of your floor, or all those dirty dishes in your sink?
Be as flexible with showings as possible. The majority of Buyers will work during the day and will only be able to look at houses on evenings and weekends. If you won’t let a Buyer in your house past 7pm chances are they will move on to the next house and won’t be coming back. It’s extremely important that we get every qualified buyer who wants to see home in it to see it. I know it’s annoying and inconvenient, but just think of it this way (This short term inconvenience will hopefully translate into a quick and profitable sale for you).
ALWAYS vacate the house for showings. This will allow the buyer to take their time to walk around and visualize what it would be like to live in your home, they can’t and won’t do that if you’re home. No one wants to feel like they’re inconveniencing someone which is exactly how the buyers will feel.
Not every buyer will appreciate animals like you do. You can quickly dispel hygiene, smell and allergy concerns by removing your pets during showings. Don’t forget to remove pet evidence as well; beds, bowls, toys, and litter boxes (especially).
Every time you leave the house imagine how it would look in the eyes of a buyer. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count!