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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 …

Home Staging Checklist--- The Easiest List

"The Way You Live In Your Home and The Way We Market and Sell Your Home are Two Different Things"  Barb Schwarz

When it is time to put your house on the market For Sale, it is helpful to think about it as a product. Just like any product on the shelves at your local supermarket the prettiest one usually grabs your attention first. Just like any other product, it has its features and benefits and it also has its competitors. To gain an edge you must win both the beauty contest and the price war. One of my favorite sayings is "Pack Now, or Pack Later." The fact is when you sell, the next step is moving. When you move you must pack. So why not think about Staging as getting a jump on packing early. It's a little bit of work but if you are going to do it anyways, you may go ahead and do it now so you can benefit for a higher sales price and a quicker sale!


The Easiest Staging List:


  • Walk through your house as a buyer- Assess EVERYTHING
  • Most Carpets NEED to Cleaned. High a professional. If they need to stretched, do it now before someone asks for it to be done.
  • Unless your home is a "Fixer Upper" badly worn, stained or out of date carpets should be replaced. Offering a credit to pick out their new carpet is very ineffective and some lenders do not allow for it. Choose a neutral color and style or call me and I'll send you a couple of ideas.
  • Check all light fixtures. Are they working properly? Replace burned bulbs. Increase wattage.
  • Use lamps in dark corners and make sure they are on for all showings. 
  • Repair and paint cracks on walls and ceilings.
  • Replace broken light switches and switch plates and make sure they are clean.
  • Remove all items from the Refrigerator
  • Remove most pictures from the walls. 
  • Keep all curtains and blinds open for showings.
I have way more to share with you soon! Any specific questions, ask me! 

Thanks for reading!

Leigh Ann Fisher

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