For sale by owner basics

Reblogger Dennis Burgess
Property Manager with AmeriTeam Property Management SL#3200658

Hi, Mimi:  Glad to re-blog this post, as it also would apply to FRBO's when folks are looking to lease their home while they're still in it. Things I also suggest would involve making a trip around the home for a "smell check" just prior to any showings (especially if owners smoke), ensuring baths are in good shape (especially if owners have recently showered), etc.

I've also bookmarked and suggested this...

Original content by Mimi Foster

For sale by owner basics

As a long-time Realtor in Downtown Colorado Springs, I have seen hundreds of houses come on the market as a FSBO.  I refer to them as Unrepresented Sellers, and I learned early in my career that they are a very warm target market. 

FSBO AdviceTowards that end, I designed an easy-to-read booklet over the years that I often present to FSBOs with useable information that might help them in the sale of their home.  Approximately 25 pages long, each page has information that might be useful as they begin their process of navigating the ‘treacherous’ FSBO waters. 

One of the first pages in this booklet is titled Absolute Basics in Preparing Your Home for Sale:

  • You are going to be moving. Start packing now.
  • Air out the home.  Most people are turned off by even the slightest odor.  Odors must be eliminated, especially those caused by dogs and cats, soiled diapers and/or cigarettes.
  • If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned, now is the time to do it; bare floors should be waxed or polished.
  • Put the brightest light bulb allowed in each socket.  Buyers like “bright.”
  • Clean out closets, cabinets, and drawers.  They should look like they have enough room to hold additional items.  People WILL look in your closets.
  • Get everything off of the floors and do not have anything piled on shelves.
  • Make sure rooms are not overcrowded with furniture.  Select your best pieces and store the rest, even if you're storing neatly in your garage.
  • Keep bathrooms and kitchen sparkling.  Make sure appliances are clean at all times.
  • Bathtubs, showers, and sinks should be freshly caulked.  The grout should be clean and in good condition. 
  • There should be no leaks in faucets or traps.
  • Put away any unnecessary items in the kitchen, bath, bedrooms, family room, living room, dining room.
  • Clear off all countertops as much as possible.
  • Pack and store NEATLY in garage.FSBO Advice
  • Keep children’s toys out of yard, sidewalks, off porch.
  • Clean ashes out of the fireplace.

Going the extra mile:

  • Change outdated wallpaper in entry, kitchen, or bath
  • Replace outdated light fixtures
  • Paint interior and exterior where needed
  • New kitchen appliances can actually make the difference in a Buyer choosing your home over another

 For sale by owner basics was written by Mimi Foster


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Mimi Foster
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Thanks so much for the reblog, Dennis.  Good suggestions . . . one of our little cliches is - if it smells it won't sell.

Jul 10, 2011 03:28 PM #1
Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Agreed, Mimi.  One thing that drives me crazy is when I have a homeowner that wants to keep the A/C on- but sitting st 82 or higher where it'll never kick on.  They fail to understand how important it is to have air circulating and the place not musty.  Nothing's worse than going to show a place on a 97-degree day and opening the door of a place that's musty, too.

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