How To Get More People To Home Showings

Home For SaleWhen you put your north of Boston home on the market, it would be nice if you could just put a “For Sale” sign out front, then the home would magically sell. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Most home searches begin online today. Then, buyers move to open houses and private home showings. Whether you live in a condo, townhouse, or a single family home, there are ways that you can increase the amount of traffic to your home showing. The more people that see the property in person, the more likely someone is to buy it! You’ll need to work with your realtor to effectively market your home and make it easily available for home showings.

Don’t Require That Your Agent Be The Only One Who Shows The Home

The MLS is where properties for sale are listed and how realtors help their clients find homes. The listing should state that you have a lockbox available to allow other realtors to get into the home with a client. They will call first in order to set up an appointment for a showing. Also, don’t be restrictive for your showing times. Of course, your home won’t be available 24 hours a day, but you need to be flexible. Work with your realtor to set appropriate times for potential buyers to do walkthroughs. 

Outside The Box Marketing Strategies

Aside from simply listing the home and posting it on social media, try other marketing methods. Maybe you can do some direct mailing to the neighborhood in order to announce that the home is for sale and showings are available. You can also put ads for the home showing in the local newspaper, on Craigslist, and on Facebook message boards.   

Don’t Forget The Buyer’s Agent Commission

Most likely, your listing agreement states that the buyer’s agent and the seller's agent are splitting the commission on your home 50/50. You can raise the amount of the commission and give the buyer’s agent a higher percentage to make the home more attractive to both realtors and buyers. Realtors are more likely to want to show the home if they have a little extra incentive to bring clients to your home for sale. The money you get from the sale of your home is yours, so use a little of it to get your home sold faster, possibly for a better price.  

Organize A Neighborhood Open House

Open HouseIf there are a few other homes in the neighborhood for sale, ask your realtor to try and coordinate with other agents to hold all of the open houses during the same hours on the same day. Real estate agents tend to love to work together because it gives mutual benefits to both parties. This strategy will attract a larger crowd because people who attend one open house will drive by with curiosity, or notice how close the open house listings are together and plan to visit all of the showings during that day.

If you plan your home showings right alongside your realtor, you should have your home sold in a timely manner to the right buyer for a great price.

Thinking of selling your home in Wakefield, MA or other community north of Boston? Contact us today and learn how we can help!


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Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal

If you are thinking about selling your home in Wakefield or one of the other communities north of Boston, you may want to give it a makeover before placing it on the market. For many, living in the same home for an extended period of time can blur your vision of the details that may need attention. For example, you may not notice the sagging shutters on the second floor or the chipped paint on the trim.  However, these details are things that potential buyers see when they drive up to your house. The good news is that these are things that you can easily tackle before you get ready to sell that will not break the bank.


Not sure where to start? Maybe all you need is a fresh set of eyes. Any of our agents at Christopher J. Barrett Realtors can provide insight on what improvements can be made to improve the curb appeal of your home so that the house sells quickly. We are professionals in this business and are savvy as to why properties sell and why they do not. We are here to help and would love to offer our suggestions.


LandscapingOne of the first things a prospective buyer will notice when they drive up to a home is the yard. That is why having a well-landscaped lot is vital when planning to sell your home. Some DYI tasks you can do are to weed the garden, plant some fresh flowers and prune the hedges. Adding fresh mulch or window boxes with colorful annuals can add a nice touch to the appearance. Mow the lawn and try to remove any dandelions or weeds. All of these ideas can be done with just a little time and perspiration!Painting


Is the paint peeling or is the color faded from years of direct sunlight? Perhaps a fresh coat will revitalize the house and give it that sparkle to attract the right buyer. Or, maybe the front door or shutters need a makeover. You will be surprised at how a new coat of paint can transform the front of the home. These subtle differences add character to a home and can make it feel more welcoming.


The driveway and front walkway should be cared for and clean. If there are cracks in the pavement, spend a little time and money to seal them or even repave it. Remove all the weeds and provide a clean, even edge to the walkways. Sweeping the front stairs can add a nice touch and will make visitors and potential homebuyers feel at home.

All of these suggestions will only enhance your property when looking to sell. But be sure you do not wait until the last minute to spruce up the place. Doing a little at a time will relieve stress and give you the time you need to get the job done right. If you would like one of our agents to provide an opinion on how to best prepare to sell your home in Wakefield or one of the surrounding communities north of Boston, please feel free to contact us at 781-245-5011. We can get the job done!


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Pay Attention to Staging!

Staging is very important if you want your home to make a good first impression.

While every room is important, you should focus on three types of rooms that buyers tend to pay particular attention to: kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

In the kitchen, make sure the stove, sink and countertops are spotless. Countertops should be clear of anything that isn’t necessary since you want to create the impression that there is a lot of counter space.

Keep bathrooms clean and uncluttered. Remove personal items from the countertop and keep the shower curtain open. Make sure that the towels match and are neatly hung on the rack.

Keep the bedrooms neat and make sure the bed is made, preferably with matching covers and pillow cases. Closets should be tidy with clothes hung neatly. If you have shoes in your closet, make sure they are neatly arranged. Loose files and papers that are stored in the closet should be removed. Don’t leave any clothes out of the dresser or closet, and make sure that the hamper is empty.

Contact Christopher J. Barrett Realtors if you have any questions about the home selling process, or to learn how we can help you sell your home on the North Shore.


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