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Selling a home on Lake Sinclair? Take our advice...

Take Our Advice…

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property by following a little advice based on our experience.

1.    MAKE THE MOST OF THAT FIRST IMPRESSION- Never under-estimate the importance of outward appearances- especially where your home is concerned.  Potential buyers begin their decision making process early, with the first glance at your property. A well manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs, and a clutter free porch welcome prospects; so does a freshly painted- or at least freshly scrubbed front door.  If it’s summer, mow the lawn and keep it watered.  The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home the better.

2.    INVEST A FEW HOURS FOR FUTURE DIVIDENDS- Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate.  Clean up the great room, the bath room, the bedrooms and the kitchen.  If the woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, perhaps you might want to consider some minor redecoration.  Fresh paint or wall paper in the kitchen or bath can add both charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home looks than hear you tell how great it could look, “with a little work”. Earth tones work best as new buyers can see their "things" working in your space.

3.    CHECK FAUCETS AND BULBS- Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing.  Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark.  Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.  These things are minor and can make a difference, don't neglect them.

4.    DON’T SHUT OUT A SALE- If cabinets or doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will stick in a prospect’s mind.  Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away.  A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.  Don't take the attitude that you are selling for less and the buyer can "fix that".  If you don't fix it, you might be the the one living with it.

5.    THINK SAFETY- Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: toys on the floor, slippery throw rugs, low hanging overhead lights.  Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors. I know I am guilty of this.  I leave dog toys on my floor and I myself recently tripped in the night.  Before a showing pick up.

6.    MAKE ROOM FOR SPACE- Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space.  They’re looking for storage space, too.  Make sure your attic, basement and/or storage room are clean and free from unnecessary items. And if your rooms are stuffed with furniture, consider storage for some of it.  Less is more.

7.    CONSIDER YOUR CLOSETS- The better organized a closet, the larger it appears.  Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to a charity.

8.    CREATE DREAM BEDROOMS- Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture.  Colorful bedrooms and fresh curtains are a must.  Earth tones work best if you are painting. Pick up a copy of Southern Living and copy a bedroom, make it look like the spa.

9.    MAKE YOUR BATHROOMS SPARKLE- Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine.  Check and repair unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers.  For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains. And make that toilet bowl shine.  A air freshener that isn't sweet or over powering is nice too.

10.OPEN UP THE DAYTIME- Let the sunshine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes and open your blinds so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home really is. Walking into a dark house or room can turn off buyers.

11.LIGHTEN UP AT NIGHT- Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights (including lamps) - both inside and out- when showing your home in the evening or daytime.  Lights add color and warmth and make prospects feel welcome.

12.WATCH YOUR PETS- Dogs and cats are wonderful companions, but not when you’re selling a home.  If possible take your pets away from the house.  If that's not possible a crate is a must.

13.THINK VOLUME-  When it’s time to show your home low volume soft music works best.  I bet your television comes with some nice soft music you can set to a low volumn for showings.

14.DON’T TURN YOUR HOME INTO A SECOND HAND STORE- When prospects come to view your home, don’t distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need.  You may loose the biggest sale of all. And pack away those collections, nicnacs and photos off the refrigerator.  Less is more.

15.THE SMELL OF MONEY- It’s best not to smoke inside your home when it’s on the market.  This is a big turnoff for buyers, even buyers who may smoke.  Clean carpet, drapes and add an air purifier if you are a smoker, so your deal won’t go up in smoke.

Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 10:39 AM by Tammy Lankford

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