Make the most of the first impression.  A well manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs, and a clutter free porch welcomes prospects, so does a freshly painted, or at least a freshly scrubbed, front door.  If it is autumn, rake the leaves; if it is winter shovel and salt walkways.
 
Invest a few hours for future dividends:Clean up in the living room, the bathroom and the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint fading consider some minor redecorating.
 
Check faucets and bulbs.Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolours sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing.
 
Don’t shut out a sale.If cabinet or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospects mind.
 
Think Safety:Please make sure all traffic areas are free from debris such as children’s toys, extension cords, etc.
 
Make room for space.Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.  Keep in mind when selling less is more.
 
Consider your closets.The better organized a closet the larger it appears.  Now is the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
 
Make your bathrooms sparkle.  Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair
damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers.  For added allure display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
 
Create Dream Bedrooms.  Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms.  For a spacious look get rid of excess furniture. Colourful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
 
Steam Clean Those Carpets:If possible freshen up your home with a professional cleaning.
 
Open up in the Daytime.  Let the sun in.  Pull back your curtains and drapes so
 
prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
 
Lighten up at Night.  Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights – both inside and out – when showing your home in the evening. Lights ad colour and warmth and make prospects feel welcome.
 
Avoid Crowd Scenes: Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people.  Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves they’re likely to hurry through.  Keep the company present to a minimum.
 
Watch Your Pets.Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your home.  Pets have a talent of getting underfoot.  So do everybody a favour: keep kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
 
Think Volume.  Please keep T.V. and radios at low volume, or even better, turn them off.
 
Relax.  Be friendly, but don’t try to force the conversation.  Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
 
Don’t Apologize.  No matter how humble your abode; never apologize for its shortcomings.  If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your homes’ appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX associate handle the situation.
 
Keep a Low Profile:  Nobody knows your home as well as you do.  The agent showing your home will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
 
Defer to Experience:  When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – the agent showing your home.
 
Help Your Agent:  Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through the office.  You’ll appreciate the results as well. 

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