Showing Your Home

These tips can help your house make the best impression, every time it is previewed by sales professionals or shown to prospective buyers...

Exterior

  • Remove toys, newspapers, yard tools, and other clutter
  • Tidy up; pick up after pets
  • Park vehicles in the garage or on the street; leave driveway clear
  • Add color with flowers and potted plants

Interior

  • Make beds; clean up dishes; empty waste baskets
  • Remove clutter throughout; organize closets and cupboards; put away toys
  • Set out “show towels” in bath
  • Freshen the air; deodorize pet areas; set comfortable temperature
  • Do quick vacuuming and dusting
  • Arrange fresh flowers throughout
  • Fire in fireplace (when appropriate)
  • Turn off television; play background music
  • Open drapes and shades; turn on lights

You Are The Key Player

You are the key player on the home selling team. No one has a more important role in the home selling process than you. Here are some ways your participation can contribute to a successful sale...

  • Maintain the property in ready-to-show condition.
  • Ensure that the house is easily accessible to real estate professionals (lockbox and key). Try to be flexible in the scheduling of showings.
  • When you are not at home, let me know how to reach you in case an offer is received.
  • If approached directly by a buyer who is not represented by real estate professional, please contact me. Do not allow them into the property unescorted.
  • Remove or lock up valuables, jewelry, cash, and prescription medications.
  • If possible, do not be present when the property is being shown.
  • Securely pen up pets or take them with you.
  • Be cautious about saying anything buyers or their sales representatives that could weaken your negotiating position especially regarding price or your urgency to sell.
  • Collect business cards of real estate professionals who preview and show your home and pass them onto me.
  • Let me know of any change in the property's condition that would need to be disclosed to buyers.
  • Be available to review with me the list price and condition of your property if it has not sold in a reasonable period of time.
  • Contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

From Offer to Closing

When our marketing efforts bring a purchase offer, I will...

Negotiate the Agreement

  • Explain the offer to you and answer your questions.
  • Help determine the best course of action by pointing out potential advantages and disadvantages of the offer and clarifying the choices available to you.
  • Prepare an estimate of net proceeds based on the proposed price and terms.
  • Negotiate through the buyer's agent and handle possible counter offers to reach a final agreement that is favorable to you.

Complete the Transaction

  • Explain to you in detail all steps that will occur for a successful closing and answer any questions that you might have.
  • Work with the buyer's broker and others to help coordinate their activities and keep the transaction moving forward.
  • Monitor progress on inspections, the buyer's loan and other contingencies as called for in the purchase contract. resolve questions of problems that might arise in order to ensure a timely closing.
  • Accompany the buyer and buyer's agent during their final walk-through of the property.
  • Assist you in handling details required for the completion of the transaction.
  • Communicate with you on a regular basis so that you can stay informed and as worry-free as possible.

Follow Up After the Sale Closes

  • Confirm that all your real estate related needs have been met and provide information on service providers you may require.
  • Offer relocation assistance, if moving to a new location.
  • Help you locate a new home, if remaining in this area.