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By Randy Dodd | Agent in Abilene, TX
  • Top Eight Home Showing Tips

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Design & Decor in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  December 30, 2010 12:23 PM  |  351 views  |  No comments


    Top Eight Home Showing Tips

    Showing your home is essential in the real estate business.  After all, who would purchase a property sight unseen?  When a potential buyer stops in, here are eight recommended tips to follow when showing your home:


    Tip # 1: Welcome Your Buyers

    Graciously greet your potential homebuyers and invite them to look around.  Make sure that you instruct them to take their time and to ask any questions that they may have.


    Tip # 2: Be Flexible

    Many homebuyers are on a tight schedule, whether it be work, school or other commitments.  Time is tough to come by, so try to be flexible about allowing potential buyers to tour your home.


    Tip # 3: Climate Control

    When a buyer comes into your home, they do not want to feel cold in the winter or overly stuffy in the summer.  Make sure that the temperature is comfortable.  Otherwise, your buyer may not spend as much time in the home as necessary in order to form an accurate opinion.  The last thing you want is a buyer who's in a hurry to leave.


    Tip # 4: Quick Cleaning

    If you have enough time before the buyer shows up, run the vacuum over the floors and make sure that any clutter is cleaned up.  A clean home appears larger, while a cluttered one gives the appearance of being too small.  If you really want to impress your potential buyers, place a plate of freshly baked cookies on the dining room table.  When they walk into your home, they will be greeted by the wonderful smell.






    Tip # 5: Animal Control

    If you have pets, remove them from the home temporarily or place them in a contained space, such as a kennel, exercise pen or carrier.  This will allow buyers to tour the home without being distracted by a nervous animal, which could result in a nervous buyer.


    Tip # 6: Light The Way

    Your home should appear open and bright, even if it's a winter day, so open the curtains and turn on the lights throughout the home.  Buyers will not likely be drawn to a dark, dimly-lit house.


    Tip # 7: Educate Your Buyers

    When someone is looking for a home, they are looking for more than the perfect floor plan.  If you have recently had the home appraised or inspected, place copies of each report on the dining room table.  Purchasing a home is a big step, and buyers will be drawn to a home that has everything out on the table, so to speak.


    Tip # 8: Ask For Feedback

    Once the potential buyer has completed their tour, invite their feedback by placing comment cards in the home.  The information provided could be potentially helpful during your next home showing, and it will make the potential buyer feel as though you value their opinion.


    Please feel free to contact me at (325) 733-4405 if I can answer any questions for you.  I am more than happy to lend you my expertise and make myself available to consult with you at no obligation to you.



    Randy Dodd, Realtor



    Rosanna’s Realty

    2301 Barrow

    Abilene TX 79605

  • The Top Ten Professional Home Staging Tips

    Posted Under: General Area in Abilene, Design & Decor in Abilene, In My Neighborhood in Abilene  |  December 29, 2010 12:17 PM  |  345 views  |  No comments

    The Top Ten Professional Home Staging Tips

    Every Homeowner Should Know


    1.  Create the illusion of space by rearranging the furniture.  Try different combinations or remove and store pieces that make it feel crowded.


    2.  Arrange the furniture in living areas into intimate groupings that suggest entertaining and ideal conversational settings.


    3.  Consider rental furniture, especially when the pieces you have don't match, are badly worn, or are in any state of disrepair.


    4.  Add decorative pillows and slipcovers in warm neutral tones to hide flaws and make pieces blend.


    5.  Eliminate clutter.  Store or get rid of appliances, gadgets, newspapers, mail or anything that takes up space or distracts attention.


    6.  De-personalize your home so buyers can imagine living in it.  Store pictures, awards, trophies, collectibles, and other personal keepsakes.


    7.  Paint walls in inviting neutral colors to cover flaws and freshen rooms.


    8.  Add small luxurious touches to bathrooms and bedrooms.  Think plush towels, fresh flowers, high-end bed linens, and pretty bath soaps.


    9.  Eliminate unpleasant odors and smells that can kill a sale.  Fragrant candles, plug-ins, and home sprays can help, but nothing smells better than clean.


    1. 10.  Plants add an aura of softness and warmth to any room.  Large or small, real   or silk-they're a favorite of professional stagers.

      Randy Dodd, Realtor, ePro, GRI

      Rosanna's Realty
      2301 Barrow, Abilene TX 79605
      Office (325) 692-5275
      Cell (325) 733-4405
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