How To Work with Your Real Estate Agent
Once you've chosen an agent, listen to his or her marketing suggestions. Real-estate professionals are objective, and they know what will help sell your home. Some of these suggestions may include:
- Hire a maid once or twice a month while your house is on the market.
- Hide knick-knacks in drawers or in a friend's or family member's basement.
- Clear kitchen and bathroom countertops and make some space in closets.
- Fix that dripping faucet or squeaky cupboard door.
- Keep blinds and drapes open during the day and turn on all the lights if showing your home at night. Replace dim bulbs with bright ones.
- Critique your home's "curb-appeal." (If it's April, it's time to take the Christmas wreath off of the front door.) Put the bikes, toys, and garden tools away. In the warm weather, rake the leaves, cut the grass, and plant some attractive shrubs or flowers. In the winter, keep your house accessible: shovel the driveway and front steps and clear the ice.
- If you have the resources, you might want to consider renovating your kitchen and/or bathroom. They're still the two most marketable rooms in any house. If you can't afford a full-blown renovation, spruce up your home with a lick of fresh paint, or add new drawer pulls, knobs, or switch-plates.
- Finally, make your home as accessible as possible to potential buyers and agents. Chances are, whoever buys your house is just as busy as you are. If you really want to sell, you must cater to the buyer's schedule, not your own.
Soon, with the support of a trained real-estate professional, you'll be able to plant that sold sign on your front lawn and get on with your life.
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