Seller's Due Diligence

Seller's Due Diligence
You, the Homeowner, have an important role in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you will assist us to sell your home faster, and, at the best possible price.

Make the Most of the First Impression
A well manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and clutter-free porch welcome prospective buyers. Do does a freshly painted or, at least, freshly scrubbed front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. In winter, shovel the snow. Ensure there are no obstacles that may detract from the true appeal of your home.

Invest a few Hours for Future Dividends
Here is your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh discreet wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great is could look, "with a little work".

Check Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolours sinks and suggests faulty or worn out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what is right with your home.

Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes or raise your blinds so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.

Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and out - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add colour and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.

Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled will people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they are likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.

Watch your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you are showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favour; keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.

Think Volume
Rock and roll will never die, but it might kill a real estate transaction. When its time to show your home, its time to turn down the stereo or television.

Be friendly but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.

Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home you can be sure they will stick in a prospect's mind. Plane those sticky problems away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

Think Safety
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.

Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They are looking for storage space too. Make sure your attic, basement and/or crawl space are clean and free of unnecessary items.

Consider your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now is the time to box up those unwanted clothes and shoes and donate them to charity.

Make your Bathrooms Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains.

Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colourful bedspreads, fresh and clean window coverings are a must.

Don't Apologize
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let us handle the situation.

Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But we know buyers - what they need and what they want. We will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.

Don't turn your Home into a Second Hand Store
When prospects come to view your home don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.

Defer to Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters let them speak to the experts - us.

Help your Agent
We will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through us. You will appreciate the results.


Karen Love®
Cell:  250.727.5868


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