|Checklist for Faster Sales
Lawns and yard
Remove clutter, cut grass, edge walks, trim hedges, weed gardens.
Front of house
Paint, fix or wash railings, steps, storms, screens and/or front door.
Side or back door, gutter, wash windows.
Straighten up, paint, fix or wash doors and windows.
Repair dripping faucets, leaky toilets.
Clean exterior of unit.
Replace all burned-out bulbs, faulty switches.
Hall and stairs
Remove any clutter to give wide appearance.
Oil hinges, tighten doors knobs, faucets.
Dust, wash, paint, fix defects, as required.
Consider feeling of spaciousness
Store unneeded items to “enlarge” room size.
THESE ITEMS ARE VERY CRITICAL
Stove, refrigerator, sink should be spotless, all workspace clear.
Neat, spotless and fresh. Repair broken putty around tub.
Untidy or over-crowded closets suggest inadequate storage space.
HOW TO HELP SALES AGENTS
- Children, pets and adults can keep buyers from feeling at ease while they look through a home. For showing, please be out of the house if possible.
- Tell us which rooms benefit from sunshine or cooling breezes.
- Tell us what you like about the house, the yard, the location.
- Turn on all lights, or let us turn them on, for the showing.
- Open all drapes in the daytime, close them at night.
- Strong cooking odors can ruin a sale. Make sure your home is fresh for showings.
- Small signs highlighting the special features of your home will make buyers see the benefits.
Remember … Valuables
Take jewelry and valuables with you during the open house or lock them safely away. Take precautions to ensure property (such as objects of art, vases, figurines, mementos) are safely situated out of reach or locked away.