1. Have a garage sale to get rid of a few household items you no longer have use for...and use the opportunity to hand out a sales flyer about your home to every person that comes by!
2. Make sure to put “Shown By Appointment Only” below your phone number on your sign, and on your flyer. This won’t stop all “door knockers” but it will stop most from showing up unannounced, expecting to walk right in at any time they like. (Not everyone is as well mannered as you or I!)
3. Make sure your home smells nice! Try vanilla scented candles or even better, bake some chocolate chip cookies in the oven just before your “Open House”. Just pick up a can of the “ready made dough” at the grocery store and pop them in the oven!
4. Burning candles in the bathroom and adding some fresh cut flowers on the dining room table can add to the ambience of the home when entertaining potential buyers.
5. During an “Open House”, if you have pets, keep them at a friends house or some other location for the day. Many people are allergic to dogs, cats and other pets that we love.
6. Go by the local plant nursery and pick up few fresh plants to perk up both the inside and the outside of your home (like the front porch). One great place to place fresh plants is just outside the front door. Not only do they look good, but they smell nice too.
7. Make sure to check with your neighbors when you’re planning an “open house” to let them know you’re probably going to have a few visitors and ask if it’s okay to allow people to park in front of their homes while viewing yours!
8. Open the curtains and blinds and put the lights on in any dark rooms of the house to lighten things up. Bright rooms look larger, cleaner and more appealing than closed up dark rooms.
9. Start packing items you don’t often use and put them away in the garage or attic. This will improve the look and feel of the house and make it easier on you when the house does eventually sell.
10. Organize, organize, organize. Go through your entire house, including garage, pantries, closets, and basements (all areas that will be seen by would be buyers) and organize the contents to make each area look as spacious as possible. This will enhance the overall appearance and appeal of your home.
Michael Hart is a former real estate agent, a private investor, author of many articles and reports on real estate and investing. He's also a Mortgage Consultant based in Peachtree City, Ga. and can be contacted via the internet at http://www.InternetLoanCenter.com or by phone at 678-318-3542.
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