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As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following
steps, you’ll help your RE/MAX Sales Associate sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service
professional. The right professional can help you get everything in order - from repainting the kitchen to providing a
thorough cleaning - so you can stay focused on more important things.

  1. Make the Most of that First Impression                                                                                                       
    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly
    painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the
    walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends                                                                                               
    Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your
    woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm
    and value to your property. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your
    house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it
    could look "with a little work."
  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs                                                                                                                      
    Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs
    or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
  4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale                                                                                                                                       
    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t
    try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can
    smooth the way toward a closing.
  5. Think Safety                                                                                                                                            
    Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension
    cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible
    for uninitiated visitors.
  6. Make Room for Space                                                                                                                                  
    Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for
    storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
  7. Consider Your Closets                                                                                                                               
    The better organized a closet, the Hlarger it appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and
    donate them to charity.
  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle                                                                                                          
    Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and
    showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
  9. Create Dream Bedrooms                                                                                                                                
    Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture.
    Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
  10. Open up in the Daytime                                                                                                                                   
    Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your
    home is.
  11. Lighten up at Night                                                                                                                                            
    Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the
    evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
  12. Avoid Crowd Scenes                                                                                                                                         
    Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your
    house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.
  13. Watch Your Pets                                                                                                                                                
    Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting
    underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
  14. Think Volume                                                                                                                                                
    Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's
    time to turn down the stereo or TV.
  15. Relax                                                                                                                                                                  Be
    friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
  16. Don't Apologize                                                                                                                                                
    No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a
    derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX Associate handle the
  17. Keep a Low Profile                                                                                                                                    
    Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and
    what they want. Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you
    stay in the background.
  18. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store                                                                                 
    When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no
    longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
  19. Defer to Experience - It's the Experience®                                                                                           
    When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your
    RE/MAX Sales Associate.
  20. Help Your Agent                                                                                                                                         
    Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or
    her office. You'll appreciate the results!