Selling your Farm/Home

For some, buying a new farm/home means selling a home. With over 15 years marketing experience and firsthand local knowledge Jeanne Ritt provides high quality service so that her customers have that sense of custom and personal attention to complete their real estate needs whether buying or selling.

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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 me 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 barn to providing a thorough cleaning – so you can stay focused on the more important things.

1. Make the most of that first impression.
A well manicured fields& lawns, neatly trimmed shrubs, weed free fence lines, and clutter- free porch welcome prospects. So does freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. Remove muck piles and blow out barn isles. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your farm/home, the better.

2. Invest a Few Hours for the Future Dividends.
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen, the tack room. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some miner redecoration. If you are worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get the house & barn ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your farm/home looks than hear how great it could look with a little work.

3. Check Faucets and Bulbs.
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolored sinks, 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 towards a closing.

5. Think Safety.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self- set booby traps: festooned extension cords, hay wire laying around, 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 space. They are looking for storage space too. Make sure your attic is 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.
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, cats and horses are great companions, but not when you’re showing your. Animals have a talent for getting under foot. So do everyone a favor: keep the animals 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 homes appearance, let your experienced realtor handle the situation.

17. Keep a Low Profile.
Nobody knows your farm/home as well as you do. But as a professional realtor I know buyers – what they need and what they want. I 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 me as your expert.

20. Help me help you.
As your experienced Realtor I will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through my office. You’ll appreciate the results.

Get more information about selling your Ocala farm/home from me – your local expert