So your house is ready to sell. Great! Here are some tried and true "rules" that will help you show your home easily and effectively;
Rule #1: Three's a Crowd
Try not to be present during showings. The potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house. Also, the Realtor knows the buyer's requirements and can better emphasize the features of your home when you don't tag along.
Rule #2: Keep the Music Down
Pipe in classical or soft rock music, but keep the volume down low so the Realtor and buyer can talk freely without any disturbances.
Rule #3: No Pets Allowed
Keep cats, dogs, litter boxes and feeding dishes out of the way - preferably out of the house.
Rule #4: Create a Homey Atmosphere
Bake cookies or bread, or place cornmeal in a pie plate in a warm oven on the day of the showing. The aroma will make the potential buyer feel welcomed.
Rule #5: Have Records Available.
Have copies of your air-conditioning, heating and water bills for the past 12 months available. Also be ready to show all home improvement and repair bills (e.g. showing when the new roof was put on and when a new water heater was installed).
Rule #6: Silence Is Golden.
Let your Realtor discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the buyers. Your agent is qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
Rule #7. A Little Money Goes a Long Way
Your cooperation in cosmetic repairs will increase everyone's interest level and enthusiasm and you'll help close the sale more quickly.
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