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The Way You Live In A Home, And The Way You Sell A Home Are Two Very Different Things...


When you're showcasing your home for sale, it's going to look very different from the way it looks when you're living there.


If you desire to sell your home for top dollar, and in your time frame, you need to do two things:  1) Get control of your personal emotions about your home, and 2)  Place yourself in the shoes of potential buyers.  Look at your home the way they would, and make it appealing in the right areas. 


Potential buyers are much more likely to return to a home that impresses them at first glance, while homes that appear disorderly or poorly maintained seldom sustain buyer interest.


  • First impressons set the tone for a buyer visit, and they're lasting!  Approach your home in your car like any buyer would.  Examine the outside as you're approaching.  How does it look?  Are shurbs away from the home?  Oil in the diveway?  How does the grass and landscaping look?  Cluttered looks detract from the architecture of the home.  A clean, polished landscape says your home is valuable and well-maintained?

  • Take a look at your actual home.  Is the paint fading or chipping?  Is the color outdated or impersonal?  How does the roof look?  As your drive up to or away from your home,  what do you see first? 

  • Now go inside just like a buyer would.  You want to be aware of four senses:  smell, touch, sight, and hearing.  Go through room by room and test all four senses.  check flooring and carpet for stains, overall wear, and odors.

    Most Importantly: Pack away all appliances, get rid of excess furniture, put away useless dishes, and make your neat and orderly.  If you've ever visited a model home, you'll notice it's clean and uncluttered.  You are moving anyway, so you might as well pack early, and make your home more saleable.  Go to the garage and make sure it is neat.

  • Clean your home top to bottom!  Cleaning and cosmetic fix-ups, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms, and master bedroom, can many times yield you up to $10 in extra sales for every $1 invested.

  • Pets should be out of sight (and smell).  Get rid of pet odors for showings.  Remember the four senses.  Also, some people are uneasy around pets, and they may distract attention from the features of your home. 

  • Pay particular attention to lighting.  During the day, open all your blinds and curtains.  If it's cloudy out, turn on all lights for showings.  At dusk, leave your front drapes open and turn on all the lamps and lights.

    At night, do the same, but close your blinds and curtains.  When showing your home, turn off all appliances, television, radio, and anything that will distract attention from your home.

    You might want to play a little light music to enhance the emotional experience for your buyers.  Remember, you want it to feel like "home."