RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

APR 2018

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE April 2018 105 {Blog Spot} Thoroughly Clean the Home Before allowing anyone into your home, you should have it thoroughly cleaned. This means dusting, vacu- uming and taking out the trash. It may also mean taking steps to re- move smoke or other odors from the air. If walls or other surfaces have mold on them, be sure to clean them prior to an open house. In addition to increasing the odds that someone makes an offer, tak- ing the time to eliminate mold will go a long way toward reducing the risk of potential buyers getting sick. Take Time to Stage the Home Prospective buyers want to get an idea as to how a given space within a home can be used. For instance, they may want to see if there's enough room for their bed in the master bedroom or if there's enough room for the couch in the liv- ing room. If you have a finished attic or basement, be sure to showcase it as a space a buyer can make good use of. Remove Potentially Offensive Items When you show a house, you want to present a neutral look to poten- tial buyers. This may mean getting rid of posters that make political or religious references. You may also want to hide items with sports lo- gos, especially if you live in an area where rivalries run rampant. By do- ing so, you will allow those who visit your home to imagine themselves living in the space without having anything to cloud their vision. Make Necessary Repairs Before an Open House If you're planning on making repairs prior to selling the home, do them before allowing anyone to see the space. For instance, you may want to repair the leaking water heater or replace shingles that have fallen off the roof as soon as possible. You should also make sure the garage door opens and closes properly and that all of the lights work. If you want to sell your home in a timely manner, you must know how to prepare the space for public view- ing. Making repairs, removing offen- sive items and properly staging the property may all increase the odds of selling your home. By taking these steps before a showing, you may very well increase a buyer's confidence that the home is worth putting an offer on. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. 4 Steps to Take Before a Home Showing by Hannah Whittenly B uyers want to know exactly what they're getting when purchasing a home. As it's a major investment, potential homebuyers will want to inspect your entire property while keeping an eye out for any signs of damage. What can you do to make sure your home is ready for public scrutiny? Here's what you need to know.

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