While you see and live in your home every day; when your home is offered for sale, buyers will be INSPECTING your home to determine what is wrong….or right for them.
Having your home in tip top shape and ready for those buyer inspections are crucial to selling your home quickly. These areas are critical to getting your home sold quickly when on the market. Buyers are comparison shopping, so be sure your home shines!
- Curb appeal. Super important. This either makes the buyer want to see more or question what is inside. Making a good first impression is important. Make sure the lawn is well manicured, green and cut, plant flowers for color, trim any hedges or bushes, touch up the paint on a front door, clean the front windows, add some solar lights to light a walkway or potted plants to an entry. Simple and inexpensive touches will make a difference.
- Clutter. Go into any new model home and see how nice they are. There is no clutter. Obviously because no one lives there, but still, people want to see the space, not the things. Clear off the counters, get rid of knick knacks, take out furniture, put things away! Show the space and not your things. People want to envision themselves living in the space. Help them do this by cleaning up and
- Don’t forget the closets. While you are de-cluttering your rooms, your first instinct may be to put those items in the closet. Don’t. Buyers will be looking in your closets. You want them to see space, not clutter. Go through the closet and get rid of unwanted clothes and shoes. Organize the closets by utilizing plastic bins for toys, shoes/boots, and other items. Neat, clean and organized closets are a
- Paint. It’s important to make your home appealing to the masses. While you might like a bright lime green in your kitchen, someone else may not. Choosing neutral colors makes the home most appealing to buyers. Paint is an inexpensive way to make your home more desirable.
- Clean your house. Everyone’s interpretation of clean is different. Make sure surfaces are clean, floors are vacuumed, carpets are steam cleaned, tile/wood floors have been mopped. Grout should be cleaned if it has accumulated dirt over the years. Windows and mirrors should be sparkling clean. Dust the blinds and look for cobwebs in the ceilings. Use a critical eye when assessing your home and overcompensate on the cleaning.
- Odor. No one wants to buy a home that smells bad. Cleaning the carpets and floors should help if there are smells; especially if you have pets in the home. Be critical of this important feature in your home.