5 Minute Tips: Prep Your Home for Viewing


You have potential buyers coming but you’re already running late for work. What can you do in 5 minutes that will have the most impact?


1. Tidy the foyer / front entrance.

The front entrance is the first impression of your home. Put away your family’s shoes, hats, jackets, mail, etc.


2. Turn on lights and open the curtains.

Brighter homes look larger and more welcoming. Your real estate agent would be happy to turn off the lights and close the curtains after the prospective buyers have left, if you ask them.


3. Give the powder rooms a once-over.

Put the toilet lids down, wipe any hair and toothpaste spills from the sink, and put away toiletries.


4. Remove personal items.

Quickly go through your home and remove personal items such as family photos, bills and jewellery. This will help potential buyers picture themselves making the home their own.


5. Shake off your welcome mat.

Make sure your welcome mat is clean, free of leaves, bugs or other outdoor distractions that have a habit of accumulating.

This quick and easy task list will help you present your home to buyers in the best light, and it will ensure your mind doesn’t wander back to your house throughout the day with worries that you did not leave your home as clean as you could have.


Deciding what to price your home in Central Coquitlam? It can be tough. Team Tara Matthews has some insight for you on Home Pricing.

Central Coquitlam Home

As you're probalby aware, the list price you set for your home has an impact on how quickly it sells - and how much you earn on the sale.

What you may not realize is just how significant an impact is has. Consider the following examples:

 

Example 1:

You price your property well above it's current market value. As a result, many buyers don't bother to see it because it's outside of their search price range. Those who do see it are confused by the high price tag, (and may even be suspicious.) They may wonder, "What's going on?"

 

In this scenario, the home will likely languish on the market for weeks or even months. You might even have to lower the price dramatically to re-ignite interest.

 

Example 2:

You price you property just a couple of percentage points lower than what is necessary to gain the interest of qualified buyers. That might not seem like much of a problem. How much can a couple of percentage points matter?

 

Those points matter, a lot.

 

On a $400,000 property, pricing your home just 2% lower than necessary could cost you $8,000 on the sale. That's a serious amount of money!

 

So, as you can see, pricing your home right is serious business. Fortunately, you've come to the right place. A great Realtor® like myself at Team Tara Matthews knows how to set the price right. Contact me today!

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