The Home Buyer's Korner

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October 14th, 2014

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Help Your Agent Sell Your Home 

help your agent sell your homeIf you’re considering selling your home, you want to do everything you can to make it appealing to potential home buyers. In this post we’ll discuss some of the most important things you can do to help your real estate agent sell your home that might not be so obvious.

First and foremost, it’s always a good idea NOT to be home while a real estate agent is showing your home. It’s awkward for home buyers to tour the house while you’re occupying space and don’t feel free to make uninhibited comments, especially about things that don’t appeal to them. If you’re home, they won’t want to hurt your feelings by making a negative comment about some improvement you’ve made that you may be proud of.  If you have a great real estate agent, they’ll follow up with you after showing your home or talking with the buyer’s agent and get any feedback about any negative aspects mentioned while touring your home. Don’t be offending with what you may hear and take action to correct it before any future tours.

If you simply can’t leave for whatever reason, try to stay in one particular area of the house or visit your neighbor and allow the home shoppers free rein to explore.  If for some reason you are at home try to remain in the living room or an out of place location and by all means stay clear of the all-important kitchen and bathrooms. If there is more than one member of your family is at home keep together and choose in advance which room you decide to stay in.

When you know a home buyer is coming to tour your home, don’t try to improve the smell of the house by using scented sprays or candles. It’s possible that the home buyers will assume that there is a reason why you’ve chosen to try to cover up the natural scent of your home with perfumes, even if it’s NOT the truth. Generally, you can achieve a subtle pleasant smell if you turn on a burner on your electric stove just for a moment, and then put a single drop of vanilla extract on it. That will give a hint of vanilla smell to the kitchen, as if you’ve recently been cooking something nice.

If you happen to have pets, they can add special problems to selling your home. Often, homeowners get used to the smell of cats and dogs, but someone entering the home will instantly notice if the smell is too strong. It’s best to kennel your cat and put them in the garage or out of way place and remove the litter box. Dogs should be outside as much as possible while home buyers are touring your home. Have your children take them for a walk if possible.  Most of all ask a friend to walk around your home and tell you honestly if they can smell your cats or dogs. If they can, address the problem immediately.

It may seem obvious, but you must keep your home tidy whenever someone is coming to tour it. Keep the kitchen sink clear of dishes, pick up toys, clothes, cluttered desk and keep the carpets vacuumed. It will make the home that much more desirable to home buyers. And, make sure your kitchen trash doesn’t smell, either. This can be a turn-off for home buyers.

Doing these simple things will go a long way toward helping your real estate agent sell your home and meeting your asking price.

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