Since this is still a buyers' market, I would simply add that you do everything within your budget to prepare for something as grand as the Queen visiting.
Walk around your house outside and inside, as if you were a potential buyer. We can get very emotional about our homes, but as hard as it may be, I suggest you try to look at your house very objectively - as a product you want to sell, not your home, and remove anything that could distract your potential buyers.
Spending a few dollars for fresh flowers can make a surprise impact. Everyone wants to buy a house that has been well-cared for.
Wishing you the very best,
William True, Exclusive Buyers Agent
After a buyer walks into your home they do not want to see a lot of clutter. Clutter distracts the buyer from seeing how they could use the same space. Box up items you don't need. Take away any furniture not being used or that is heavily damaged. Organize your drawers, cabinets and closets. Put away any personal photographs. And above all make sure your home is clean. It can't be stressed enough how important it is to have a clean home. This includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning carpets.
Another major tip in selling your home is to make sure that all items in the house are in working order such as door knobs, closet doors, cabinet doors, faucets, toilets, and appliances. If anything is not working properly, get it fixed.
Painting is an inexpensive way to spruce up your home. Paint doors, walls, ceilings, and trim in neutral or classic colors. Be sure to open any blinds, turn on lights and lamps. This creates a more open and bright feeling within the home.
Lastly, eliminate any odors in the home especially if you have pets. Set out a bowl of potpourri, burn candles, or bake cookies in the oven just before the home is being shown.
This is just a brief list of tips. Your Realtor can provide you with a comprehensive list of things to do to help sell your home.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL - email@example.com
Sunset Coast Properties LLC
if no flowers in the lawn, have some added in pots or in the ground. Clean
and paint the deck, if you have one. Have the windows clean to let natural sunlight in and have
the buyer get a clear view of the fine San Francisco View, or new bridge ;-) , or the neighborhood.
First impression is the last impression.
Check, your front door and its condition, if it needs painting do paint it, or replace it with
an Environmentally safe new front door.
On the inside, have inspections done first, such as property, roof , termite.
Read the reports and have them corrected.
Then paint the inside, and have it staged. Staging runs about $2k-$3K for a 2000 sf home.
Clean out the garage, de personalize the home ( remove family pictures etc.).
If you have the funds, upgrade the Kitchen, the baths, appliances.
Refinish the Hardwood floors or put a neutral color carpet.
Read fine articles or blog posts on Trulia and other sites:
Work with a Realtor who will aggressively market your home, before listing and during the listing.
Have a pricing strategy based on prevailing market conditions and then market it with conviction
on the Web, sites such as Trulia etc., and Print, magazines, newspapers, mail out cards to
renters and the neighbors.
A Realtor who creates awareness in the marketplace, after you have have done all the prep work,
prior to going to market is key. Keep in mind it is a joint effort between the Sellers and the