Seller's Guide - Page 10

Making Sure Your Home is at its Best Having spent the time, effort, and expense of preparing your home for sale, be willing to open it to prospective buyers and agents at open houses, agent tours, and showings. 1. Aim for perfect open houses and showings If your property looks the very best that it can be, you’ll enjoy an extra competitive edge that will help get it sold. Home staging has become the standard in our market. Consult with your Houlihan & O’Malley Realtor® for names of local home stagers that can help prepare your home for the market. 2. Time-proven tips for showing your home Here are some tips to help you maximize your home’s attractiveness to buyers: • Try not to be home when a showing is about to take place; buyers feel more comfortable that way • Make sure your home is well lit; open all curtains and shades during daylight hours to let in as much light as possible but screen out unappealing views; light the whole house, especially dark corners and hallways • Turn off the television; play quiet background music • If you’ve repainted in neutral tones, add bold splashes of color (with throw pillows, crockery, pictures, etc.) • Place fresh flowers where they’ll be noticed • Open all doors between rooms to give an inviting feeling • If possible, open windows beforehand for fresh air • Pick up toys, remove all clutter, make the beds, put clothes away • Floors should be clean, carpets and rugs vacuumed • Trash and recycling bins should be tidy and odor-free • The kitchen and bathrooms should sparkle • If possible, bake cookies or put a pan of cinnamon in the oven to create a warm and inviting aroma • Ideally, pets should be unseen. Pet areas should be clean and odor-free. Not everyone may share your love of animals, and some may be allergic to them • Lock away and hide all cash, jewelry and small valuables 10 133 Parkway Road, Bronxville, NY 10708