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A Toasty Maine Home is a Home That Sells!

posted Oct 31, 2010, 9:14 AM by Kristen Wheatley   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 3:03 PM ]

As we head through fall and into winter, keep in mind that a toasty Maine home is a comfy Maine home...and a home that sells.

You are planning to sell your Maine home.  You have tackled your to do list, spiffied up, cleaned as if your mother in-law is coming for a visit, and are ready to get a Realtor and let the showings begin!

Warmth SellsNothing says "HOME" like a toasty house complete with a fire in the woodstove, pellet stove, or fireplace.  If you have a showing scheduled, be sure to open all interior doors, turn on the lights, open the curtains, and put some logs on the fire.  (be sure of course to observe all safety precautions*)

Keep in mind that most buyers are looking at several comparable homes on the same day.  They have been driving around with their agent and walking through the cold.  Many times, they are also viewing some vacant bank owned homes with NO heat.

Just imagine the difference your toasty home will showcase.

Behind door #1 we have a lovely, but empty and very cold house.  The buyers like the layout and the price, but aren't that anxious to spend too much time in the house.  Why?  Because "it just doesn't feel like home."

Behind door #2 we have another lovely home, not vacant, but the sellers turned the heat way down, closed all the doors, and left all the lights off to conserve energy since they were not home at the time.  Again, the buyers like it "OK," but it just doesn't grab their attention.

Now, after slogging through the damp cold, they approach door #3!  This time, they open the door, to find a well-lit and welcoming home and are instantly enveloped in WARMTH!  This draws them in as they go from room to well-lit & welcoming room.

Which one do you think will "feel like home?"

Never underestimate the importance of making potential buyers feel at home.

*safety note:  If you have a fireplace, be sure to check on your fire after the showing.

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