Every Homeowner that decides to put their home on the market knows that theoretically, they should at least clean their home before and during the time that the house is on the market but unfortunately for them, not everyone does. I can not tell you how many times I have shown a house that is in a wonderful neighborhood, priced accurately, has a great floor plan and fits the exact criteria that my Buyer asked for but the Buyer is unable to see past the clutter, smell and condition of the home to make an offer. I have had Sellers tell me that they don’t believe that staging, deep cleaning and de-cluttering has THAT much of an effect on getting the house sold. My comment and experienced advice is “YES IT DOES”!
A home doesn’t have to be a $500,000 brand new house in Hidden Valley, Stone Creek Ranch, Woodway or even Ridgewood Country Club to look perfectly staged, spacious and inviting for a Buyer to walk through the door and say “This is the home for me”. I have shown 2 bedroom cottages, built in 1940 with small rooms, COMPLETELY tiled pink baths, avocado carpets and golden rod appliances show like a doll house and not from updates or remodeling. It’s all in the efforts of the Homeowner.
With all of this in mind, I am happy to provide you with a list of hints to increase the marketability of your home.
And as always, If you have any questions about these suggestions or if your interested in specific suggestions for your home, feel free to call me. I would be happy to help.
How Serious are you about Selling your House?
- Address is visible from Street
- Clear all clutter from front of lawn, walkway, porch and driveway (toys, trashcans, dead plants, empty pots, swimming pool tools, broken lawn furniture)
- Keep lawn cut, edged and trimmed
- Trim hedges and trees away from the foundation
- Scrub front door
- Wash windows
- Clean or repair gutters
- Roll up water hose and store out of site
- Ensure front door does not stick or squeak
- Repair holes in fence
- Repair damaged siding
- Clean glass on front and back porch light fixtures
- Replace burned out light bulbs
- Clean and treat swimming pool if needed
- Make sure the house is clean and presentable at all times
- Clear and pack away all clutter
- Raise small items off the floor (baskets, statues and potted plants)
- Remove unnecessary furniture
- Remove and pack personal photos, posters and memorabilia
- Wash base boards and window sills
- Clean sliding glass door
- Scrub toilets, tubs, counter tops and shower
- Re-Caulk tub and shower as needed
- Repair any leaking faucets
- Throw out dead plants
- Replace all burned out light bulbs
- Sweep away any cob webs on ceiling and doors
- Wash vent covers
- Clean oven
- Clean and organize pantry
- Have carpets cleaned as needed to remove pet odor (You may not smell it but potential Buyers will and they will walk away from making and offer on your home)
- Clear ALL items from kitchen counter tops
- Patch any holes in walls (nail holes or thumb tacks ) and touch up with paint
- Paint extremely custom colored rooms to a neutral color
- Change air filters
- Keep pets secured during the day
- Remove and items not conveying with the home and replace prior to listing (Above ground pools, drapes, custom curtain rods, designer light fixtures and faucets, mirrors, etc…)
- Secure ALL valuables (fire arms, jewelry, collectibles, medications, small electronic equipment and money) in a safe and secure location out of sight from strangers.
- Play soft soothing music in one or more rooms (radio)
- Keep house at a comfortable temperature (We want them to stay and look around as long as possible)