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The Open House as a Home Sales Tool

How you live in a house and how you sell a house are two different things.

I want to merchandise the property displaying it to its best advantage. Attractive, well-kept, clean houses sell first. The old saying that first impressions are lasting is particularly true with real estate. Taking time to get your house in order, down to the last details, will put your house on course for a quicker sale at the highest price possible. Here are some ideas to ensure that you are well on your way to a great sale experience:

Photo of Open House Lawn Sign

General

  • Cut Lawn
  • Trim Hedges and Shrubs
  • Weed and Edge Gardens
  • Pick Up Litter
  • Clean Drive and Walkway of Snow / Leaves
  • Repair Soffits and Eavestroughs
  • Clean Out Garage
  • Well Maintained
  • Touch Up Exterior Paint

Make Your Home Appealing

  • Add Some Fresh Paint and Paper
  • Clean and Repair Windows, Walls, Doors
  • Repair all Minor Flaws
  • Open Drapes and Blinds
  • Clean Carpets / Touch Up Floors
  • Turn On Air Conditioning / Light Furnace

Neat and Organized

  • Clean Halls and Stairs of Clutter
  • Store Surplus Furniture
  • Make Closets Neat and Tidy
  • Store Seasonal Clothing

Kitchen and Bathroom

  • Clean and Freshen Bathrooms
  • Make Mirrors Sparkle
  • Clean Refrigerator and Stove
  • Clear all Counters and Stove
  • Wash / Wax Floors

Well Maintained

  • Repair Leaky Taps and Toilets
  • Repair Seals Around Tub and Basin
  • Tighten Door Knobs and Cupboard Latches
  • Replace Burned Out Light Bulbs
  • Oil Squeaking Doors
  • Clean Furnace and Humidifier

Presentation

  • Turn On All Lights
  • Let Your RE/MAX Agent do the Talking
  • Never Apologize for the Appearance
  • Avoid Conversation with Potential Buyer
  • Keep Everyone Out of the Way During Showing
  • Arrange to be Absent During Showings

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