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How to Show Your Quad City FSBO Home

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Clean, Inside & Out: I mentioned cleaning in my blog earlier this week, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to clean your home thoroughly before a showing. Cleaning takes some elbow grease but can close the deal on your house and help put thousands in your pocket. Don’t forget the outside of your home. Rent, or better yet, borrow a power washer from a friend or neighbor. Wash the siding, driveway, sidewalks, and any retaining walls to give your home a fresh sparkling feel. A garden hose rinse simply won't cut it.

Lighting: Let the light shine in! Pull back the curtains and open the blinds. Natural light allows all the craftsmanship and a well-staged home to pop. Opening the curtains also makes your house feel bigger and open. After speaking with dozens of QC home owners, people want an open feel in their next house.

Be a Host Who Does the Most: Make a slow cooked roast in the Crock-Pot, bake 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies, or if weather permits throw a pork shoulder or brisket on the smoker out back. These elegant smells speak right to the owners bellies. The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and the same can be said about getting to his wallet. Place the warm batch of cookies next to your QCFSBO flyers so buyers don’t forget to take one before they leave. Finally, introduce yourself with a smile and say good bye with a smile, always have potential buyers leaving with a positive impression of you.This really speaks to your character.

Make your Home Comfortable: I have been inside hundreds of open houses, and on occasion, I have felt like we were intruding. The people showing the house were tense and anxious. As humans, we transfer these feelings to others when in a small group setting, so relax. Turn the heat up in the winter and air down in the summer. Put on some quiet music that will appeal to your potential buyers. Since this can be a wide range of people you better leave Ludacris off the playlist. I personally use local radio stations which broadcast in Bettendorf, Moline, Rock Island, and Davenport. People can connect with local stations, and it will help them connect with their new home...

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