Seller Resources
Selling a Home

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you use the following seller resources, you'll maximize your selling potential and make your property listing more marketable. In turn, your UCI Realty agent will sell your home faster and at the best price possible.

The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a real estate expert in property listings. The right professional can help you get everything in order from repainting the kitchen to providing a thorough cleaning.

  1. Make the Most of That First Impression
    When it comes to home sales, a well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcomes 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 prospective buyers 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. Tidy the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor touch-ups and redecorating. Updating the hardware on kitchen cabinets, adding new slipcovers to sofas and keeping a vase of fresh flowers in the entryway are some simple touches that can go a long way. If you're worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to help get your house ready. Remember, prospective buyers 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 prospective buyers in the dark. Don't let those 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. Try not 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 safe as possible for visitors.

  6. Make Room for Space
    Remember, the prospective buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Enhance your property listing by making sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.

  7. Consider Your Closets
    The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
    Clean bathrooms are key in home sales, 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 prospective buyers up 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 that prospective buyers 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 prospective buyers feel welcome.

  12. Avoid Crowded Scenes
    In home sales, prospective 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 home sale. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.

  15. Relax
    It is best if you're not there when your home is being shown. However if that's not possible, be friendly – but it's not necessary to force conversation. Prospective buyers want to view your home with minimal distraction.

  16. Don't Apologize
    No matter how humble your abode; never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospective buyer volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let your experienced UCI Associate handle the situation.

  17. Keep a Low Profile
    Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But UCI Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your UCI 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 prospective buyers come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. This can be a deal breaker in home sales.

  19. Defer to Experience - It's the Experience®
    When prospective buyers want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your UCI Sales Associate.

  20. Help Your Agent
    Your UCI Associate will have an easier time marketing your property listing if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the results!
If you follow the guidelines as described in the seller resources, you will increase the marketability of your property listing and stream line your way to a successful home sale. And, with the help of your dedicated UCI real estate agent you will be out of your home in no time and into the new property of your dreams!
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