For Sellers

All Sellers can play a very important role in the timely sale of their property. By using the guides below, you’ll help your REO Team sell your house faster, at the best possible price, with the least amount of stress.

The simplest and most reliable way to improve the curb appeal and impression of your house is to clean up and remove clutter.

Make the Most of that First Impression
When selling your house, a well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospective buyers. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your house, the better your house will show.

Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration or repair. Fresh neutral paint colors add charm and value to your property, according to most realty professionals. If you’re worried about time, ask me, or hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready on your own. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your house really looks than hear how great it could look “with a little work.”

Check the Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water rattles everyone’s nerves, discolored sinks, and/or worn-out plumbing suggests faulty plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems distract buyers from what’s right, and not wrong, with your house.

Don’t Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your house, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospective buyer’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily get rid of them. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing for you and your Realtor.

Think Safety
House owners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, exposed extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-threatening as possible for uninitiated visitors, and follow your professional’s advice on showing tips.

Make Room for Space
When selling your house in, remember that potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space.

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

Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Bathrooms sell houses, 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. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.

Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your house looks in the daytime.

Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights-both inside and outside-when showing your house in the evening (…if applicable.). Lights add color and warmth, and make prospective buyers feel welcome and at home.

Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a house filled with people, especially during the weekend or holidays. So, in order to give your house the attention it deserves, keep the company present to a minimum. If not, they prospective buyers will likely rush through your house and not take the time necessary to appreciate your hard work and the house.

Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your house. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot, or not being friendly to strangers. So, do everyone a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.

Think Volume
Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill the transaction for you and your Realtor. When it’s time to show your house, it’s time to turn down, or even off, the stereo or TV.

Relax
Be friendly (…if you meet potential buyers), but don’t try to force conversation. Prospective buyers want to view your house with a minimum of distractions.

Don’t Apologize
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its condition or drawbacks. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your house’s appearance, let your experienced REO Professional handle the situation.

Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your house as well as you do. But, your REO Professional knows buyers and what they need and want. Your REO Professional will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your house if you stay in the background.

Don’t Turn Your House into a Second-Hand Store
When prospects come to view your house, don’t distract them with offers to sell the furniture, etc…that you will no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all, the house.

Refer to the Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert-your REO Professional.

Help Your Agent
Your REO Professional will have an easier time selling your house if you are flexible in setting appointments to show your house, and that your house is in showing condition to prospective buyers. You’ll appreciate the results!