When it's time to sell, little things make a difference. Thankfully, little fixes take little time. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, or if you're already listed and are wondering why your house isn't selling, these easy, quick adjustments can help.
1. Dust - everything. Dust bunnies don't sell homes.
2. Change out your welcome mat. You only get one change to make a first impression... So add a cute wreath, welcome mat or potted plant. A fresh, new mat provides a warm welcome.
3. Make your bed. Crumpled sheets are a no-no during a home tour or open house.
4. Clean off your counters - this goes for your kitchen and your bathrooms. Take everything off the kitchen counters that you don't use every day. Let the buyers see clean, open counters instead of every small appliance you own... Add one pretty decorative item to the kitchen counters and you're done.
Also, hide away dish soap and sponges (Buyers don't want to think about washing dishes," said Real Estate in Metro Boston. "They want to dream about entertaining in your gorgeous kitchen".
5. De-clutter! The point is to emphasize how much space you have, not how much stuff you have.
6. Get over yourself. You might think your house is perfect just the way it is, but buyers might disagree. Taking the emotion out of the equation can help you to make the necessary fixes. "Detach yourself from your house. The process of staging takes the focus of your home away from you and puts it on the potential new owners of your home," said Houzz.
7. Wax your floors. A good product can hide a multitude of sins. So can throw rugs. Get some tips from Better Homes and Gardens.
8. Fold everything nicely in your linen closet. Making it look tidy will help buyers feel confident that there is enough storage.
9. Hang everything in your coat closet and set umbrellas, luggage, and other necessities neatly (preferable not in the closet - move to garage if possible).
10. Tidy up your light fixtures. Do a light bulb check. A simple thing like a burned-out bulb could be a deal killer if a buyer jumps to the conclusion that other things in the house may have been overlooked. And buyers jump to conclusions. All. The. Time. So, make sure all light fixtures and fans are dusted and free of any dead bugs. Check all your lightbulbs to make sure a) they’re working, and b) of the same type and wattage. These two steps will ensure a space is in the best light. Uneven lighting can make a small look smaller.
11. Turn on the lights. All of them. If people are coming to tour your home, make it easy for them to see it. You don't want them having to traverse the living room to try and figure out how to turn on the overhead light. Also, switch your bulbs to the highest wattage allowed for each fixture.
12. Anchor your rugs. One slip by a visitor and you might be facing a lawsuit.
13. Clean your toilets; and keep the toilet lid down... While you're at it, put out fresh white towels.
14. Pick up the poop. What your dog does in the yard can dump a deal if it ends up on a buyer's shoe.
15. Put the toys away. A couple of large baskets are all you need to make a play room look tidy. If a few aren't enough to corral your kids' bounty, keep your little one's faves in the room and store the rest at a friend's house–or in the trunk of your car if you have to.
16. Relocate your clothes and shoes. You can make it easy by choosing off-season items and packing them away in boxes in the garage. "Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of," said HGTV. "Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what's left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy."
17. Get rid of the stink. I know, no one thinks their house is stinky.
Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to de-stink. First, remove the biggest offenders (cat box, boys' sneakers). Then, spray soft surfaces with Febreze. Finally, use this Lifehacker trick to disseminate a pleasant scent throughout the house: Put two caps full of vanilla extract (you can use other oils, such as lemon and lavender) in a coffee cup (or an oven proof dish), then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. The smell will start to spread after around twenty minutes and encompass the whole house after the hour duration. Should last for at least a day.
18. Do a wall check. Are all your pictures straight? Crooked art on the walls seems like a small, insignificant thing. But anything negative that potential buyers can get fixated on is something you want to address. Especially when it will only take you a few minutes to fix.
19. Fluff your pillows. The idea is to create an inviting environment that buyers will walk into and want to spend time in.
20. See that the exterior of your home looks inviting. Impress the “Drive Bys”. Clean up around the house. Rid the yard of ALL clutter. Keep all walkways clear and clean. Trim foliage and take out dead plantings replace with colorful blooming flowers. Paint the Front Door Red! Okay – The front door greets the prospects so make sure that the front door it is fresh and clean; if needed consider a coat of fresh paint (you choose the color…).
If you know anyone who is thinking of selling, or purchasing a home, please contact me. I guarantee a service that will far exceed expectations.
Have an awesome week!
Real Estate Broker, Realtor ®
Certified Real Estate Specialist
Broadmoor Realty, Inc.
5500 E Atherton Street Suite 310
Long Beach, CA 90815
DRE # 00552325
Phone: (562) 857-4936
Fax: (562) 741-4624