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Tips from John and Betty
"Here are some 13 tried and true methods for getting the
most activity and the best possible marketing
strategies for getting your CT home sold in the fastest
- Always make sure that the outside of your home is
presentable and attractive, make sure there are no
children's bicycles in the driveways before showings
that buyers could possibly trip over (or run over
with their cars!) Make sure your grass is mowed and
your gardens are neatly free of weeds and always
- Your driveway, if it is in need of a fresh coat of driveway sealer, is
an inexpensive way to make your home look well
groomed, and well maintained. And remember,
first impressions are always the most important!
- Make sure if your home is vinyl sided, it is fresh
and clean, if it needs to be power washed, do
If your house or decking in front needs paint or
power washing also take care of those chores.
- Make sure your windows sparkle...Let the sun shine in! Light and bright and open and airy rooms with
neutral colors are what attracts today's buyers!
- Clean off all of your magnets from your
refrigerators and clean off the clutter on your
countertops and the tops of your refrigerator...It
will make your house feel more roomy!
Take down a lot of your personal family
photos in your home as buyers are a pretty nosy
bunch and they will spend more time looking at
your photos instead of looking at your house.
If your home has a garage, clear as much clutter as
you can, the same goes for the basement and attic
areas, Have a tag sale,...Everyone loves them, you can
make some extra money and buy some new items for
your new home!
- Now lets get to the children's rooms and playroom!
Put away most of the toys that your children do not
play with every day (sometimes this is easier when
they are not around!)
box them up and put them away, and then when you are
moving in to your new home, they will open up all of
their "new toys" which they have completely
forgotten about and they will feel like it is
Holiday time all over again and you can be unpacking
and they will be very busy playing with all of their
- If your home is in need of repainting, stay
with lighter, neutral tones.
- Keep your kitchen sink free
of dishes and keep all beds made and keep all toys
put away before showings. Enlist your children's
help in this, explain to them you need their
cooperation and you may be pleasantly surprised if
you include them in the process. It can be exciting
and fun, instead of stressful if you make it more of
a game for them!
- If your bathroom needs an inexpensive facelift, try
buying an inexpensive shower curtain, make sure the
caulking around the tub is secure and the ceiling is
mold free with a little bit of Tilex, just make sure
the windows are open when you use it please. An
inexpensive new bathroom throw rug and some fresh
new towels can work wonders, as can a fresh paint
job, and just make sure your mirrors, toilets, tubs
and vanities are always sparkling clean. It makes a
- If you have old, torn or very worn carpeting in your
home, sometimes it is less expensive, if you just
cannot have it cleaned, to rip it out yourselves and
call in a few different hardwood floor refinishing
companies if you have hardwood floors underneath.
They will vary price-wise. We use
Great East in East Springfield, MA. They are
the best and cheapest around and do a terrific
job. Get estimates! If your floors underneath are
unable to be refinished because they are in very
poor condition, it might be easier to carpet them
with an inexpensive, very durable Berber style
carpet which runs anywhere from $12.99-16.99 per
sq. yd. installed with padding.
"I hope these tips have helped and of course, if you
have any questions, we are always here to help you
answer them. We will be happy to come over, visit
and tell you just exactly what you really need to do
and what you don't!"
-John Woods and Betty Sanville
Real Estate Office: 860-668-7415
John Woods' cell: 966-6545
Betty Sanville's cell: 306-0897