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:

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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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Monica Leoni
  June 21, 2022

Lori VanDinther and her team are dedicated professionals who love what they do and who make your experience a personal one. We had the pleasure of working with Melissa Uba recently and we could not be more grateful for her help. We are currently hosting two young Ukrainians in our home, who recently began the process of finding their own place to live in a very difficult and expensive Burlington market. Melissa handled the situation delicately and compassionately, getting to know the needs and realities of our guests first, and then catering her searches to meet them on every level. Melissa showed professionalism and empathy throughout, and made every viewing a positive and hopeful experience. We recommend her highly!!

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Wendy Walker
  May 27, 2022

Lori and her team are extremely professional and knowledgeable. In a changing market Lori and her team nailed it! The sale of my home went quickly and without any problems. The expertise in knowing the data in the market to their confidence in selling my home quickly and at a good market value was unprecedented. The communication with all team members from start to finish was fabulous. Thank you again for doing a fantastic job! Wendy Walker

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Danielle Lapointe
  May 11, 2022

I just bought my first home with Kimberly’s help! I can’t thank Kimberly and the VanDinther team enough. Kimberly was such a great help during an incredibly challenging seller’s market. As an out-of-town buyer, I really relied upon Kimberly’s knowledge and expertise, and I was so grateful that she was able and willing to do virtual tours with me. She has a fantastic understanding of Burlington and Oakville’s condo market, I felt really confident in the advice that she gave me. Working with a realtor who works within a team also proved to be a great benefit- when I expanded my search to Milton, Morgan was able to lead a virtual tour in a short turn around and I ended up finding my perfect first home. This team is great. I can’t recommend Kimberly enough and there is no doubt in my mind that I will work with her again when I am ready to look for my next home. Thank you!

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Lauren Wing
  April 30, 2022

We can't thank the VanDinther team enough for helping us persevere through a tough market and find a beautiful home. Morgan and Lori were were always available to organize showings, to provide market insights, and to give us the tools and support we needed to land a property we love. We so appreciate all of the work they did behind the scenes to provide us with an easy-to-navigate plan forward, often at short notice. We highly recommend Team VanDinther!

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