Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home

Selling a Home That is Cookie Cutter

As a REALTOR, I see a lot of houses every month. Many houses built in the last 20 years are very similar in overall look and feel. It is up to the homeowner to make their home stand out when it comes time to sell. However, you do not want to stand out for all the wrong reasons. Here are some consistent mistakes I see homeowners make when selling a home.

Cover up Those Odors:

Scent Warmer
Scent Warmer

The overpowering scented candle. Homebuyers wonder what you are attempting to cover up especially if there are indications that animals are in the home. It is shocking to open the door of a home and get pelted in the face with the strong smell of a scent device. When people are selling a home they want it to smell nice so naturally, they load up the scented candles, and air fresheners.  A little goes a long way.

Kitchen & Bathrooms Sell Houses:

The slightly used kitchen and bathroom are deadly to a home sale. Homebuyers open your cabinets, dishwasher, refrigerator, and range they look at everything in the kitchen. Make sure that your kitchen is spotless. Take everything off of your refrigerator, only allow minimal amounts of decorative items on your kitchen counters. In the bathroom, your beautiful shower curtain is not going to stop people from seeing what is behind it. Make sure that your soaps, and hair care products are put away. Your tub and shower should be clean and free from water stains, soap scum, and mildew. The bathroom counter should be free of make-up and personal hygiene items. Resist the urge to shove all of your clutter under the sink or in drawers buyers are going to look there as well.

Closet Explosion:

I have spent far too many hours attempting to put the items that have exploded out of a closet, back inside. This is more than just a cleanliness issue this makes it appear that you do not have enough storage space in your home.  Buyers know that storage is important and they don’t want to buy a house without enough of it.

The Way It Should Be:

When someone is coming to look at your house I want you to think vacation rental, minimalist, simple, open, well lit, and inviting.  Everything should have an organized spot and be in its place. There should be only the essentials in cabinets and closets. Decorations should be universal, there should not be pictures of your family or religious symbols.  Items that are owned by the sellers should never stand out and take the buyer’s attention away from the home.

You are going to be moving, pack as many of your personal items as possible and place them either in storage or neatly in a corner of the garage.  You will thank me later when your full-price buyer wants a quick closing!

Happy selling!

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