1. Rationalize that a higher asking price means you will have more wiggle room. You could wind up sitting idle on the market with a house full of wiggle room.
2. Respond to lowball offers with a counter – instead, respond with an invitation to re submit.
3. Refer to a leaky foundation as a central humidifier.
4. Make your house smell like a cherry orchard or a department store perfume counter.
5. Air your dirty laundry. This includes leaving bills and private papers out, or, of course, actual dirty laundry.
6. Take your prospects on A Complete History of The Kopecki Repairs & Renovations Tour.
7. “Clean up” by stuffing all the closets.
8. Leave unfinished DIY jobs for the buyers’ honey-do list.
9. Defer yard work. Your house only gets one chance to make a first impression. Overgrown shrubs and broken gutters are the real estate equivalent of dandruff.
10. Think licks from Rex the Bulldog will help generate more offers.
If you’re ready to put your house on the market, here’s a good checklist of things you need to have accomplished first. Ready?
- Clean everything off kitchen counters. Pack away all the small appliances on the countertops. Get rid of the canister set, knick knacks and memorabilia.
- Organize your pantry. Alphabetize your spices, clean the shelves, throw away items you no longer use. Make the pantry into a work of art!
- Shape up your cabinets. Put glasses all in one area, and get rid or pack away the bad looking glasses. Make sure coffee cups all face the same way. Stack dishes neatly and in an organized fashion.
- Clean! Wash windows, both inside and outside. Clean out any cobwebs. Walk around the outside of your house and powerwash any unsightly areas. Clean the ceiling fan blades, mini blinds and cabinet doors.
Make your house shine so you can get buyers to sign on the dotted line!
- Use the light in your home! Open up your blinds, peel back the curtains and let the light shine. Increase the wattage in your light bulbs, cut the bushes outside your front windows and do whatever you can to make your house look bright, clean and cheery.
- Conceal the critters. Not everyone is a dog, cat or iguana lover like yourself. Buyers don’t want to see dog food, smell the kitty litter box or find tufts of hair stuck to their clothes. This gives the impression your house is not clean. If you have an open house, or potential buyers coming by, take the pets to your neighbor’s or out for a walk.
- Get them out of the car. Curb appeal is more than just a catch phrase…it’s the only phrase. If potential buyers drive up to your house and are greeted with rusty gates, peeling paint and an unkept landscape, they won’t step out of their car, let alone step into your house. No matter how beautiful the inside of your house, the outside has to sparkle first.
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