When I was a little girl; I was convinced that my grandmother had to be the smartest lady on earth. Today- I'm even more certain of it. While she didn't have a college education by any stretch of the imagination; she had what many people lack today--common sense and a true and sincere empathy and consideration for others. She and my grandfather also LOVED their sayings and I have to tell you; when you give these some real thought-they should be put into "law" and this world would truly be a better place! Let's take one of my favorites and put it into Real Estate practice...
The Golden Rule: Do Unto Others as You'd have Done to You.
Preparing a home to go on the market involves many things, but very basically-you'll want to make sure that your home is in good repair, clean and a place that is welcoming and greets your buyers with that warm and fuzzy feeling. These things are no secret, right? Now, let's suppose that you feel that your property is ready to go on the market and you are about to call the agent and get that sign in the yard. Let's give the house one more "going over" and try on The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you'd have done to you...Walk back through your home and ask yourself, "Hmmm, now would I want to buy a house and find out after settlement that the cute little dog that lived there before had actually been using the back bedroom closet as a potty for some time and that while the carefully placed remnant (along with generous amounts of Febreze) managed to take care of the smell temporarily, it was now leaving a lovely aroma in the clothes you have hanging in the closet? While the fact that a dog lived there should have been disclosed on the Sellers Disclosure; you as the seller might feel this was adequate-but you as the buyer...feeling just alittle duped, maybe? Another favorite saying that also applies here would be:
Put Yourself in the Other Person's Shoes
Are you getting the idea? If you are viewing your home from the buyers perspective--truly and honestly; getting your home prepared to go on the market is easy. Many sellers believe they are looking at it that way--but truly and honestly...Schedule a showing -so to speak- of your own home and put on the shoes of an interested buyer and walk through your home and ask yourself the tough questions...
Tomorrow: Part 2
Location Location Location--Location is everything, they say...Well, Not Quite!