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A real estate professional who is familiar with the Old Orchard Beach neighborhoods, local economy, real estate laws, York county schools, etc. is crucial to closing your real estate transaction quickly. With my great knowledge of the Old Orchard Beach real estate business, I possess the know-how and track record of success you need.
Keep in mind, you'll want a REALTOR® who understands the convenience of technology without losing the personal touch. You'll love the resources I can provide such as mortgage calculators, my listings, tips for staging your home and much more. But these will never replace the time I spend in person with you, serving as your personal guide through this exciting process.
1. Boost curb appeal
Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside.
2. Welcome visitors with an invition porch
Even if you have only a tiny stoop, make it say "welcome home" with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture.
3. Get your house sparkling clean
From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle.
4. Clear away all clutter
Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.
5. Strike a balance between clean and lived-in
Judiciously choose a few elements that will really make your home appealing. Think vases of cut flowers, a basket of fresh farmer's market produce on the kitchen counter or a bowl of lemons beside the sink.
6. Style your dining room table
Between dinners, a large dining table can look bare and uninviting, so styling it up with visitors in mind can increase the appeal.
7. Take a good look at your floors
At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning (and steam clean carpets), but consider having wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape.
8. Rearrange your furniture
In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well.
9. Create a gender-neutral master bedroom
Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom, free of personal items and clutter.
10. Open those closets
Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage.
11. Clean up toys
When people are house hunting, they are imagining a fresh start. Show them that in this house, it is possible to have a beautifully organized kids' room, and they might be swayed.
12. Use "extra" rooms wisely
Each room should have a clearly defined purpose, so think about what potential buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Another kids' room?
13. Try a pedestal sink to maximize space
If you have a small bathroom but a huge cabinet-style sink, consider swapping it out for a simple pedestal version.
14. Use only perfect personal accents
Look at every detail with a visitor's eye.
15. Entice people to explore the whole house
By placing something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour.
16. Show how you can use awkward areas
If you have any room beneath the stairs, or a nook or alcove anywhere in your home, try to find a unique way to show it off. By setting up a small work station, a home command center with a bulletin board, or built-in shelving, your awkward spot becomes another selling point.
17. Beware pet odors
Really, this can be a big one! If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces.
18. Create a lifestyle people are looking for
Generally speaking, you want to play up what your neighborhood or area is known for. Have a house in a quiet, grassy suburb? Hanging a hammock in your backyard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch.
19. Stage the outdoors too
Even if your condo has only a teensy postage stamp–size balcony, play it up with a cute café table and chairs, a cheerful tablecloth and even a little tray of dishes or a vase of flowers.
20. Think seasonally
Make sure your garden is in beautiful shape in the summer, and that any extra features you have, like a pool or a fire pit, are cleaned and ready to go. Take advantage of the cozy vibe of the season in autumn and winter, by building a fire in the fireplace and simmering hot apple cider on the stove.