Now, more than ever, you need an experienced professional to get top dollar for your home.
People today appreciate the importance of “home” more than ever. Even in a Seller's market, getting a contract is just the beginning of the complex process of selling a home. Here are 175 steps your Raveis agent and staff do to get you to a successful closing.
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7 Steps For Safe & Easy Showings
- Buyers Start Online - Now more than ever, buyers search online looking at photos, virtual open houses and videos. By the time the physically look at your home, it’s really a second showing
- Open Doors & Turn On Lights - Turn on the lights, open the interior doors including closets, and open the blinds & curtains.
- Buyer Screening - All buyers and agents are pre-screened to ensure they are not exhibiting any signs of illness. Buyers will have recent (not more than 30 days old) pre-approvals for financing
- Maximum exposure for your home. Minimum exposure for you. - First showing will be online. Only Principals will be allowed in your home.
- Buyers are Hands Free - Buyers are instructed not to touch anything. Agents will have gloves and open anything as necessary.
- Clean & Sanitize - When the showing is done, the Agent will go through the home, turn off the lights and close the doors with gloves and wipes.
- Offers - Offers resulting from the showing will be reviewed and negotiated through consultation with your Raveis agent by phone or video call and signed electronically.
Your Raveis agent knows how to navigate this new landscape.
To prepare your home for sale.
- Curb Appeal - You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Trimming, mowing and mulching goes a long way. Paint the front door, put out a fresh welcome mat and plant some flowers.
- Clean Like You Never Cleaned Before - Clean the carpets, dust & polish the furniture. Pay careful attention to making the kitchen and bathrooms sparkle.
- Take Care of Minor Repairs - If buyers see minor things neglected, they will question the soundness of the entire house
- Declutter - Make your closets look as spacious as possible by removing clothes you rarely wear. Clean out the garage and basement to really showcase your home.
- Organize - Throw out items that you don’t want to move. Organize the pantry, kitchen cabinets, medicine cabinets, linen closets, and storage areas.
- Lighting - Replace burned out bulbs with updated efficient LEDs. Use bulbs that give off warm light and color. Clean light fixture globes of dust and debris.
- Kitchen - Deep clean the appliances, make counters sparkle, polish cabinets and scrub the floors. Remove magnets and photos from the fridge
- Neutralize - Take down family photos and pack up small personal items that clutter surfaces. Buyers need to be able visualize themselves and their belongings in the home.
- Open up the floor plan - Move furniture (removing some if necessary) to best showcase your rooms and make them look as spacious and inviting as possible.
- Fresh Paint - A fresh coat of paint makes a room look bright and smell clean. Focus on the front entry (think first impression) and major rooms like the kitchen, living room and Master bedroom. Look at ceilings and walls with a critical eye. A good paint job has the highest return on investment.
8 Simple tips to help you get ready for a showing in 15 minutes or less.
- Turn on all the lights.
- Take out the trash.
- Put the ditry dishes in the dishwater.
- Drop all the laundry in the washer.
- Make the bed.
- Take all your countertop piles and hide them.
- Breath and then leave. You're ready!