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It's Showtime! What To Do and What Not To Do

The sign is up and you are ready to show your home off! In any market, a hot one or not, you need to have your house prepared to show as soon as you are live! What should you do and not do for a showing?

Upgrades and Repairs:

If your home has undergone some major changes since you purchased your home, you may want to list these out. Many people will never even look at these but if they are interested they will. Upgrading your brass knobs on your kitchen is not a big deal to the buyer,but a new furnace, hot water heater or brand new roof is. Any transferable warranty should also be noted.

The list doesn't have to be long as I've stated, most people will not even notice it unless they do and if they do, they are not going to read a long list. A simple record is fine. If a professional was called in to do work, show receipts.

Neighborhood Info:

Not everyone looking at your home is familiar with the area. Show off your neighborhood with any information you have such as if there is …

Why Your Home Didn't Sell

As a Realtor, I look at hundreds of homes. It always saddens me when I see homes expire from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) because it means that the people who own them have to continue to hold on to them long after the fact they need to sell them. After viewing homes for awhile, a couple of items that jump out at me scream: Don't Buy Me!


Tacky Light Fixtures: What is the problem in purchasing lighting from this decade? It's inexpensive to install and buy. Check out Lowe's or Home Depot before listing your home and find a new fixture for over your dining room table and your entry. You will be amazed out the results.

Laminate Kitchen Countertops in Houses over $500,000: If you are listing your home and want over $500,000, you need to upgrade your countertops in your kitchen from a laminate to granite or engineered stone. It is what people are looking for in this price range.  If you don't offer it in the home you are trying to sell, you can forget it. They will look elsewhere.

Yellow Wood Cabinetry: These houses sit the longest and it's your builder's fault, not yours. Painting cabinetry is time consuming and expensive but if your really need to sell and fast, Do it.

Dirty Baseboards and Molding: Seeing dirt on your baseboards and moldings tells me and potential owners you have not cared for your home. It is an easy fix and one you can hire out for not much money.

Yellow and Red Paint Schemes: It's done. It's over. Find a gray and paint your walls this color.

Animal Smells: We all love our animals but that doesn't mean other people love our animals. If your home smells of urine, people are very turned away. You may not even smell it because you are so used to it but others do.

Ask your Realtor thinks about these reasons and see if they agree.

Good Luck and Happy Listing!





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