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John Tobolka

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Preparing Your Home

First Impressions Do Count
bullet Make sure your front entrance is clean and inviting.
bullet Paint or replace your front door (if it shows signs of wear).

Decorate For a Quick Sale
bullet Replace faded wallpaper.
bullet Repair worn woodwork.
bullet Paint a neutral color over walls that look old.

Let the Sun Shine In
bullet Open draperies and curtains. Let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be.
bullet Turn on all lights during evening showings.
bullet Replace any foggy double pane windows.

Simple Repairs Can Make a Difference
bullet Repair loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, broken light switches and other minor flaws. These defects detract from the value of the home. (Remember, when buyers see things that need attention. they begin to worry about what they can't see).

Organize From Top to Bottom
bullet Remove all unnecessary articles from your closets and garage. Spacious rooms (particularly storage areas) are a great selling feature.
bullet Consider having a garage sale to dispose of unwanted items.
bullet Investigate the cost to store some items

Safety First
bullet Keep stairways clear and avoid a cluttered appearance.
bullet Don't overload wall outlets.

Make Your Home Sparkle
bullet Keep your windows dean.
bullet Steam clean (or replace) your carpets.
bullet Glue back any peeling wallpaper
bullet Remove ashtrays and throw out the trash (It's important to give a good impression of how you have maintained your home).

It's a Fact: Bathrooms Help Sell Homes
bullet Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.
bullet Display fresh, clean towels and make the room attractive.
bullet Spray a light fragrance and make the room pleasant smelling.

Arrange Bedrooms Neatly
bullet Remove excess furniture.
bullet Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.

Don't Cause Controversy
bullet Remove any signs or posters that might be controversial or offensive to your prospects.

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.

I am absolutely determined that I can help you get your home, land, or investment property sold.  Insist on the best in listing representation!  Call me!

Professional Staging
Staging by Design is a local company that specializes in preparing homes for sale with interior decorating techniques.  To visit their website click here.

Carpet Replacement
Wholesale carpet company specializes in carpet replacement for resale listings.  Call Carpet Supply Co. at 512-263-5055.


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