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    Let Your Home Give a Smile to Buyers…

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    Here are some amazing tips on how to get potential buyers to fall in love with your home!

    First impressions are lasting.  The front door greets the prospect.  Make sure it is fresh, clean and scrubbed looking.  Keep lawn trimmed.

    Let the sun shine in.  Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be since dark rooms do not appeal.

    Can you see the light?  Illumination is like a welcome sign.  The potential buyer will feel a glowing warmth when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.

    Repairs can make a big difference.  Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value.  Have them fixed.

    From top to bottom.  Display the full value of your attic and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles.

    Decorate for a quick sale.  Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal.  Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look when you can show them by redecorating?  A quicker sale at a higher price will result.  An investment in new kitchen wallpaper will pay dividends. Safety first.  Keep stairways clear.  Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.

    Make closets look bigger.  Neat, well-ordered closets show space is ample.

    Arrange bedrooms neatly.  Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.

    Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.  Make this room sparkle.

    Fix that faucet!  Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.

    Three’s a crowd.  Avoid having too many people present during inspections.  The potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house.

    Silence is golden.  Be courteous but don’t force conversation with the potential buyer.  They want to inspect your house – not pay a social call.

    Music is mellow.  But not when showing a house. Turn off the blaring radio or television.  Let the agent and buyer talk, free of disturbances.

    Pets underfoot?  Keep them out of the way preferably out of the house.

    Be it ever so humble.  Never apologize for the appearance of your home.  After all, it has been lived in.  Let the trained salesperson answer any objections. This is his/her job.

    In the background.  The salesperson knows the buyer’s requirements and can better emphasize the features of your home when you don’t tag along.  You will be called if needed.

    Why put the cart before the horse?  Trying to dispose of furniture and furnishings to the potential buyer before they have purchased the house often loses a sale.

    A word to the wise.  Let your Realtor® discuss price terms, possession and other factors with the buyer. He/she is eminently qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.

    Use your agent.  Show your home to prospective customers only by appointment through your agent. Your cooperation will be appreciated and will help close the sale more quickly.



    This information is provided solely as a courtesy by your Orange Coast Title Sales Representative. It is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. For the latest Title news and information go to www.octitle.com
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