Selling BasicsListing your home for sale is a process that needs to be organized. The goal is to limit the days on market and get the property sold. Before or after you list you home on your local Multiple Listing Service you should get the basics down.
The following can be done in days. Keeping it simple is key.
- Give your home a welcoming smell. Smell is the most important when showing. If it smell like funk now matter how nice it is, it will show as if it were junk. Home cooking is not a welcoming smell because everyone has different taste. No matter how good you think your cooking is, it probably smells like crap to someone else. Hidden air fresheners are key. Go with one scent, but do not overdue it. You should not rely on fresheners. Get yourself a few air breathing plants (not flowers) to bring in fresh oxygen.
- Creating space is important. If you have too much furniture - get rid of it. Junk it, throw it or hide it. Buyers need to be able to visualize and too much furniture will disrupt the showing. More and more sellers are hiring professional stagers to get the interior to shine.
- Know about your home. How old is the heating system, water boiler, roof? Does your condo have a reserve account, any assessments? You should be able to answer all questions that come at you. You never want to say, I'll have to get back to you on that, because not knowing an answer on the spot is a missed opportunity.
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