Are you thinking about selling your home in 2017? If so, like many people, you will likely continue to live in your home while it is for sale.  So here are some tips on how to survive the process and ensure that your home looks its best for all showings. For the best results, consistently do the following things every day to guarantee that your home will always be presentable and ready to show to potential new buyers.

-Make your beds.
-Empty the sink of dirty dishes.
-Fresh flowers always look nice.
-Empty the trash cans.
-Pay attention to the smell. Be aware of cooking odors because some linger longer than others.
-Check the thermostat. Make sure people coming in will be comfortable while they are looking at your house. If they are too hot or too cold, they won’t stay.
-Keep the yard neat. Rake, pick up sticks and mow regularly – do whatever it takes to make the yard look its best.
-Vacuum and sweep.
-Keep the counters clear and clean. All homes have spaces that tend to collect clutter. Try to keep that from happening.
-Preferably, don’t remain at home (even outside) during showings.
-Remove all pets for showings if at all possible.

While undertaking these tasks may not make your home sell faster, it will allow buyers to enjoy looking at your home and generally keep them there longer. When agents show attractive homes, they remember that fact. So even if one buyer prefers another home, that agent may return with another prospect. Conversely, if a home shows poorly, the likelihood of an agent returning with another client diminishes.

For additional information on getting your home ready to sell and finding a new residence, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
/MAX Villager

Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs

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