Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Displays and signs showing the bells and whistles of your home

These days, there’s a remote control or app for almost everything. When it comes time to sell your home, make sure you make it easy for buyers to understand everything your home has to offer.

For example, if you have a remote-controlled patio awning, make sure the buyer and their agent can clearly see how it expands and contracts at the touch of a button.

You can post a tasteful “feature card” on the patio along with a neatly printed folding sign on heavy stock labeled “Patio Cover Control.” Or you can teach your agent to operate an awning so that he can display it to open house guests.

If you have a Nest or other “smart” thermostat, it’s not a bad idea to have another feature card near the controller, tapering it neatly to the wall with painter’s tape with the appropriate app’s icon so buyers can see that they can control the thermostat with their phone.

If you don’t already have a smart thermostat, you’ll want to install one before listing your home for sale. This is a very reasonable expense that gives your home a nice visual and technical upgrade.

Most late-model kitchen appliances come equipped with smart features. Again, a feature card showing the Appliances app and a list of things your equipment can do will help shoppers learn about features they might not otherwise notice. This will help them visualize how they will benefit from your high-tech choices.

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If you have nifty kitchen features like pull-out shelves or lazy Susans, leave the cabinetry open by extending the shelf/drawer. Keep in mind, it should be clean. Maybe include brand new pots and pans to be most effective.

If you have installed some multi-device charging stations, let buyers know. In this day and age of planned obsolescence, you probably have one or two older devices, like cell phones or tablets, that aren’t active and aren’t worth much, that you can leave plugged in. This will display your upgrade facility.

If your front door lock operates as a combination lock, remote control or other keyless entry, let buyers know.

While their agent may have to retrieve the key from the lockbox, you may want to show them that there is an easier and more convenient way to enter their home once it is built. And also state that they can reset all access codes and combinations to give you peace of mind.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with RealtyOne Group West and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Realtors. He can be contacted at 949-678-3373 or [email protected]

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