Getting It Sold

home sellerGETTING IT SOLD
How to make your home stand out in the crowd!

In their search for the ideal home, many buyers fall in to the trap of noticing items that give them excuses NOT to buy each home they view.  Your goal as the seller, is to take away as many of their excuses as possible, so that they can truly focus on the features of your home and picture themselves living in it.

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." 

Ask Maine Home Seller

ARE YOU READY TO SELL?  
Quick fixes and attention to detail that can add $$$$$ to you bottom line.
One of the most important things to do before putting your home on the market is to take care of the "easy" things.  Go through each room of your home and make a list of the small easy repair and maintenance items:  outlet/light switch covers, leaky faucets, chipped paint, non-working light bulbs.  Then fix each one of them.  These small maintenance items can add up to a lot of excuses for a buyer either not to buy your home, or not to pay top dollar.


Considering tackling a remodel before selling?  Talk to me first.  Some projects may add value to your home, but some may not.

5 WAYS TO ADD APPEAL TO YOUR HOME - Entice those buyers!
Curb appeal, or how your home shows from the street, is one of the key things that will sell - or not sell - your home.  If buyers are turned off by the outside of the home, it will be very difficult for you to get them into the home and change their negative opinion.  Curb appeal will be the key to making the right first impression.

Here are 5 things you can do to improve your home's curb appeal:

  • Declutter the yard by removing toys and excess or broken lawn furniture
  • Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes and the edges, and plant fresh flowers to add color
  • Paint doors and window trim with a fresh updated color
  • Patch holes in the driveway and reapply sealant
  • Wash windows and screens

STAGING BASICS:  Keep It Simple!
What is staging anyway?  Staging is the process of enhancing the impression a prospective buyer has about your home.  Staging is all about removing things from your home that make it look smaller, drab, or dated.  It differs from decorating because decorating involves bringing things into the home to enhance the look of it.

The key to staging is simplicity and getting prospective buyers to a place where they can picture themselves in the home.  You can begin by focussing on these staging basics:

  • DECLUTTER - Remove "you" from the home (meaning pictures and personal items.)  Replace personal photos with scenery or postcards.  A good rule to follow is to have no more than 3 items on any surface.  Remove all items from kitchen counters and store them away.
  • NEUTRALIZE - Neutralize the rooms with light - colored paint, like creams, tans, and white.  Keep bright colors to a minimum and use neutral and/or natural colors that can work with many different styles.
  • KEEP IT CLEAN - Nothing sells better than a clean and well-maintained home.  Always keep the home feeling and smelling clean for showings.
Some inexpensive upgrades that can make a huge difference to the buyer include:
  • New bed treatment (especially for the master bedroom)
  • New towels
  • Fresh paint
  • Replacing old lamps or lighting fixtures


Start with these staging suggestions and talk to me about your home and what specific changes will give you the biggest bang for your buck.  Give me a call at 207-689-9886, or email me at mainehomeseller@gmail.com and we can get together to plan the best way for you to reach your real estate goals.

Want More Ideas?  
Call or send me a quick email with your name and mailing address and I will send you a copy of my free brochure
 
"10 Ways To Sell Your Home Faster"


This includes cost-efficient, time tested strategies to sell your home faster and for top dollar.


SHOWING YOUR HOME
DO'S AND DON'TS CHECKLIST

Now that you know what it takes to stage your home and get it ready to sell, you want to make sure you have successful showings.  Follow these proven showing do's and don'ts and you will be on your way.

SHOWING DO'S

  • Clean the home from top to bottom
  • Mow your lawn
  • Send pets to the neighbors
  • Keep things organized and clutter free.
  • Leave your home for the showing.  It is difficult for the prospective buyer to feel comfortable and see themselves living in the home when you are still there.

SHOWING DON'TS

  • Leave valuables out on display
  • Leave pictures or personal effects out
  • Clutter the closets (buyers will open these areas)
  • Allow pet fur or smell to permeate the house and turn off buyers (always vacuum up fur and neutralize any pet odors)