The Open House as a Home Sales Tool

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

The VanDinther team wants to merchandise the property in order to display it to its best advantage. It’s well known that attractive, well-kept and clean houses sell first. There’s an old saying that holds true “first impressions are lasting” and this is particularly true with real estate. It’s important to take the time to get your house in order.

Then we world down to the last details that will put your house on course for a quicker sale at the highest price possible. Below 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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Kayla Prior
  January 28, 2023

We worked with Kim to sell our home in summer 2021 and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Kim’s invaluable insights and intimate knowledge of the market in the area meant we could confidently prepare and list our home even in the uncertain conditions that existed at the time. Kim’s personability also made her a delight to work with and I would be happy to recommend her to anyone!

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Bob Gill
  January 25, 2023

We were referred to Lori and the VanDinther Team when we needed some trustworthy advice when deciding whether to renovate and stay or look for a more suitable already renovated home. Lori and her team provided unbiased solid advice based on their wealth of knowledge and experience in our market area. I would highly recommend the VanDinther Team for any Real Estate need you may have.

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R L
  January 13, 2023

We had a very good experience with Kimberly. Her knowledge of the area is excellent and she provided honest and insightful advice about different locations. She was responsive to our preferences. We couldn't attend our second pre-closing visit so she went herself and provided us with a video walk through which was really helpful. Her recommendations for services in the area were also a nice touch.

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Shannon Ferr
  January 13, 2023

Kim was our realtor and she was great! She is very knowledgeable about the Hamilton area and seemed to have our best interest in mind when helping us find a home. Some realtors can be pushy on you to buy quickly so they can collect commission, but we didn’t feel that way with Kim at all. Kim made the experience as enjoyable as it could be as first time home buyers.

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