Showing your home is one of the most important steps in the selling process. During a showing, potential buyers are able to view every inch of the home and often do so with a critical eye. It is very important to make sure your home is clean and organized and presents a comfortable environment.

Here are 10 tips for successfully showing your home:

1. Clean up outside. The first thing people see when they drive up to your home is the lawn and the entrance. Make sure the lawn is mowed, shrubs are trimmed and the porch is free of clutter. Give the front door a good scrub or fresh paint. In winter, make sure a path has been cleared through any snow.

2. Let the light in. During the day, open all the shades and window coverings. If it’s nice outside, open the windows to let in fresh air. In the evening, turn on as many lights as possible. Light gives a positive feeling to the home and can make rooms feel more spacious.

3. Be aware of the aroma. Pet odors, smoke, greasy cooking odors and even strong fragrance sprays are unpleasant smells. Some people may even be allergic. Take some time before the showing to open windows and air out the house. Then put on a pot of coffee, boil cinnamon on the stove or turn on a burner for a moment and put a drop of vanilla extract on it. Subtle, natural smells are best.

4. Clean up. Before your first showing, clean your home from top to bottom. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Scrub sinks and mop floors. Repair any damaged or discolored caulking and be sure towels are bright and clean.

5. Clear the clutter! This is often the hardest part, but so important. Pick up all loose items and clear hallways. Organize all closets, and remember, the less you have in the closet the bigger it looks. If needed, rent a storage unit to hold items until your home is sold.

6. Keep it tidy. Get into the habit of making beds and cleaning up every day. Pick up papers and dishes and make sure everything is freshly dusted and vacuumed. Remove your kitchen trash before every showing. You want your home to look like a model home – a home with furniture, but no residents.

7. Pet control. If you have pets, it’s best to find a place for them to stay during the showing – either with you away from the home or with a friend or family member. If you are unable to do this, pets should be penned in an area of the backyard or kennel. Try to keep indoor cats in a specific room and put a sign on the door.

8. Pay attention to the little things. Check all doors, knobs, drawers and windows to make sure nothing sticks or is loose. Be sure to get all the little things fixed, it can make a big difference in the perceived value of the home.

9. Right temperature. A showing is not the right time to save on utility bills. Make sure your thermostat is set to a comfortable setting for the season. The goal is for potential buyers to not even think about the temperature in the home.

10. Leave the house. Send children to a family member or friend’s house during the showing. If you are using an agent, you should also try to leave. Potential buyers will feel more comfortable and are likely to spend more time viewing the home. If you are unable to leave, stick to a room away from the main part of the house, don’t travel from room to room and don’t volunteer information, but only answer questions they may ask.

istock_000005488107smallThere are many reasons to put your home on the market with a Reece & Nichols agent. Expert advice and guidance. The power and respect that inherently comes with the Reece & Nichols name. More than 2,000 agents collectively working together to sell your home first.

Another compelling reason is the personalized marketing updates you receive from your agent through the Reece & Nichols Sell MyHome program. As a Reece & Nichols seller, you can use your password-protected Sell MyHome portal to view the activity surrounding the sale of your home. You can monitor your online and in-person traffic as well as view feedback from potential buyers. Sell MyHome also allows you to watch your agent’s marketing plan unfold and reach out to your agent with just one click. Sell MyHome provides a custom snapshot of activity that you as a seller cannot receive elsewhere:

  • View your property’s details and photos
  • See Web site statistics for your listing
  • Track past and future Open Houses
  • View feedback from showing attendees
  • Compare your property to similar listings on the market

And now, Sell MyHome has been incorporated into ReeceAndNichols.com’s Home Match program, providing an even more remarkable experience. How many times are you just selling a home? In many cases, you aren’t just selling your home for the sake of selling it: your selling it to move up into a home that better fits your growing family or downsizing to something more manageable for you current lifestyle. Now you can simply log into your Home Match portfolio and monitor both sides of your real estate transaction simply and efficiently. You’ll be able to search the full inventory of listings in Kansas City using ReeceAndNichols.com’s industry leading search tools, save your favorite searches and properties, receive instant notification anytime there is a change, and monitor to progress of your current home’s sales process in one location.

For more information on the Reece & Nichols Sell MyHome program and the other benefits that come with listing your home with Reece & Nichols, find an agent in your area today.

The Super Bowl is always a fun time to host a party! The excitement of the game, the hilarious commercials, and just having friends around is a nice time to get together. It is so fun that even people who might not even follow football still want to party!

With parties, come food….and with food, you need some tasty ideas! Even though the Chiefs did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, here are some great Super Bowl appetizers and snacks to make for a great party!

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Hellmann’s or Best Foods Light Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can (19 oz. ) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (11 oz. ) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 Cup quartered grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)

Directions

  • In medium bowl, blend Hellmann’s or Best Foods Light Mayonnaise, lime juice and cumin. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Baked Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, well drained (marinated or not, as you wish)
  • 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. Stir in artichokes, spinach and bell pepper. Place in 1 quart ovenproof casserole and sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese. Bake at 350 degrees 15-20 minutes until heated and bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve with baguette slices, crackers or pita crisps.

 

Spicy CrockPot Chicken Drummies

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. chicken drummies, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

Directions

Pat the chicken drummies dry with a paper towel and place on broiler pan. Broil 5-6 inches from the heat for 8-10 minutes, turning often, until chicken is browned. Place in 3-4 quart crockpot.

Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over drummies. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. These can be held for 1 hour after the cooking time on LOW.

 

Mini Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 2 (6″) Boboli pizza crusts OR 2 English muffins, split
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread pizza sauce over crusts (if using English muffins, split and toast first). Top with remaining ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until cheese melts and crust is golden brown on bottom. 2 servings

 

Recipes can be found at www.celebrations.com

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