When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, you’ll want them to see the beautiful new light fixture in the foyer, your spacious backyard and large deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a whole family to sit down for breakfast.
But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not notice?
Every home has some features that are less than enticing to the typical buyer. You may not be able to do much about a small kitchen or a home backing onto a noisy street. However, there are several things buyers don’t want to see that you can change!
5 Clutter. Clean out your closets, pick all clothes up off the floor, rooms crammed with too much furniture are distractions. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy – and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of your home. Don’t leave dishes in the sink and make sure your beds are made every day, And PLEASE make sure all the toilet seats are down!!!
#4. Maintenance issues. Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of things that need repair or replacement, such as dripping faucets, chipped or holes in walls, flooring that needs to be replaced or overgrown yards. Very old furnaces and shingles that need replacing can hurt your chances of selling as well!
#3. Smells. Of course, you can’t see smells. But buyers will notice the lingering aroma of exotic cooking, cigarette smoke, and pets. These smells may even limit the amount of time they want to spend exploring the home. These can Easily be fixed with a portable air purifier, DO NOT try to mask any smells with harsh air fresheners! Those things can give people headaches and will send them out the front door! If possible do not leave pets in the home, especially dogs that bark!
#2. Personal items. Buyers will understand that a family is living in the home they’re viewing. However, constant reminders – in the form of vacation pictures, wedding or family pictures, any trophies or awards, or scattered children’s toys – can make a buyer feel like an intruder. I have seen buyers spend more time looking at those things instead of looking at the house.
#1. You. It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home without you in it. They will feel uncomfortable looking in closets, kitchen cabinets or making themselves feel at home with you there. SO make sure you are never home when a realtor brings potential buyers for a showing.
Fortunately, all these things can be easily dealt with before you start to show your home.
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