6 | DO Sweat the Small Stuff Minor home improvements can go a long way. Does your door trim look shabby? Fix it. Missing a faucet handle? Does the faucet just look shabby? Replace it. Minor updates like light fixtures, door handles, and kitchen hardware can make your home look sharp for your potential buyers. It also tells them this is a well cared-for home.
7 | De-clutter Nothing complicated here, just make sure the home is picked-up and clear of unnecessary items on floors, tabletops, and countertops. If it isn’t necessary, put it in storage!
8 | Be Honest If there is a health or safety issue with your home, be sure to let your agent and potential sellers know. You’re not responsible for things you don’t know about, but if you hide something you could find yourself in trouble. Better yet, talk to your agent about finding a good contractor to fix your problem and add value to your home!
9 | Always Be Ready to Show Requests to view your home may come at any time. Have your house clean and ready to show, and have a plan for how you to be absent within an hour to allow showings. If you make it hard on the buyers, your best buyer may miss out on seeing your home altogether.
10 | Look for the Win-Win in Negotiations Strong negotiation is your best tool to ensure you get what you want out of your home, and still have a happy buyer on the other side of the table at closing. You don’t want to give anything away, but withholding too much can complicate the transaction, or even cause the buyer to walk away.