Buyer/Seller Information - PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Use this check list as a guide to make note of  ”to-do’s” before listing

FLOOR COVERINGS
    ( ) Dirt or stains?
    ( ) Excessive wear or damage?

WALLS AND CEILINGS
    ( ) Dirt, finger prints or other stains?
    ( ) Nail or thumb tack holes?
    ( ) Need for repainting or new wallpaper?
    ( ) Neutral, light colours for roomy feeling?

DOORS AND WINDOWS
    ( ) Dirt, finger prints or other stains?
    ( ) New paint needed?
    ( ) Open/close easily without squeaks?
    ( ) Screens clean and without holes?
    ( ) Storm windows in good condition?

CLOSET AND STORAGE AREAS
    ( ) Clean and well organized?
    ( ) Clutter and excess junk removed?

KITCHEN
    ( ) Oven/stove top cleaned?
    ( ) Sinks clean; faucets working properly?
    ( ) Cupboards/pantry spotless, organized?

BATHROOMS
    ( ) Every surface sparkling clean?
    ( ) Counter tops organized and free of clutter?
    ( ) Faucets working properly and leak free?
    ( ) Tile grout clean?
    ( ) Toilet extra clean and working properly?
    ( ) Cupboards organized and clutter free?

BASEMENT/GARAGE/ATTIC
    ( ) Clean and well organized?
    ( ) Clutter and excess junk removed?

LIGHTING
    ( ) All bulbs working and proper wattage?
    ( ) Broken switches, exposed wiring?

YARD
    ( ) Grass cut?  Hedges trimmed?
    ( ) Snow cleared from walk/steps/drive?
 
SHOWING YOUR HOME
Help your agent by creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere for potential buyers

SHINE ON
Your home’s illumination can be a “welcome” sign to that prospective buyer!  Turn on all of your lights when showing your home, day or night, and he’ll feel a glowing warmth as a result of your light.  Open those drapes and curtains to add natural lighting.

CLEAN UP, FRESHEN UP
Take a few minutes to finish housekeeping: dishes, beds, vacuuming.  It matters!  Add a pleasant smell: light a candle, bake some bread, open some wndows.

TWO’S A COUPLE, THREE’S A CROWD!
Don’t have too many people present during a home inspection, since the potential buyers will feel like an intruder and want to hurry through your house.  It’s best if there’s no one home – go for a walk or drive during the showing.

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST
But not the potential buyer.  When showing your house, turn off that radio or television.  Let your agent and buyer talk freely and not be distracted.

CURB YOUR DOG
A dog is a “man’s best friend”, but not when showing your home.  Keep all pets out of the way and not underfoot.

SILENCE IS GOLDEN
If you have to be home during a showing, be courteous and friendly, but don’t try to “force” conversation with a potential buyer.  He’s there to inspect your home.

BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE
There’s no place like your home.  Never apologize for the appearance of your home.  If any objections or derogatory comments are offered, let the experienced salesperson answer them – that is his or her job.

STAY IN THE BACKGROUND
Your agents know the buyers needs and desires and can better emphasize the virtues of your home when you’re not “tagging along”.  If there are any questions, he or she will call you.

A WORD TO THE WISE
Let your salesperson discuss the selling price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer.  He’s been trained and has experience, so let him bring your negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion.