A few little Tricks to make your Home more salable
Here are the Basics. The fact is that everybody can make his home more marketable without going broke. It takes only a little time and affords. Being handy with tools helps, knowing somebody who is helping, too. And it does not take a rocket scientist to make a home more appealing to potential buyers.
Curb appeal is the keyword.
The first impression counts when a potential buyer opens the door of his car. Not very often you will get a second chance to fix the first impression. What can you do? Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim trees, and bushes, edge the walkways. Get rid of that weed. Tidy your yard. There is no need to leave the trash cans in front of the house.
Clean your gutters
Weed growing out of gutters is always a bad sign – it does not necessarily indicate that you are environmentally friendly. Potential buyers often see this as a clear indicator that the seller did not take care of his house too well. And, we hate to say it, but in 90% of the cases, they are right.
Wash your windows and screens
Let light into the home. People do not want to live in a dark cage. Don’t try to explain why the home is a little dim inside – fix it instead! Especially when you have dark furniture, every ray of light helps. Also, when your lanai has northern exposure, keep the screens and windows clean. Especially during the winter months or on a cloudy day this can make the difference between thumb up or thumb down.
Use higher wattage light bulbs
Laundry rooms with no or small windows and other dark rooms need little extra light. Replace any burnt-out bulbs. This is not cheating – if you want to show a sparkling home then let it shine. There is a wide variety of different light sources available which do the trick without stressing your bank account. Don’t invest in LED light. You want to sell, and your concern is not how much energy you can save within the next ten years.
To make your Home more salable keep everything extra clean
No fingerprints on glass surfaces, no dust or cat/dog hair on the floor, clean out the stove, the microwave, and the refrigerator. Clean out the garbage can in the kitchen. Especially when animals are living in the house more afford needed to keep the home in tip-top shape. Put the food bowl away when you have a showing appointment. That untouched tuna meal in the bowl was obviously not kitty’s favorite and many potential buyers don’t like the smell of dead fish either.
Most important point: get rid of clutter
The more stuff you keep in the room the smaller it appears. Get rid of those stacks of old magazines because not everybody likes to look at the cover page of the “Playboy”. Put away most of the small decorative items as well.
Don’t overload the rooms with decoration. The modern art nude girl statue you like so much is not everybody’s taste. Your home will be remembered as “the home with that odd statue” not as ” the open and airy home on the lake. “The same rule applies to paintings and pictures. The drawing of the woman hanging on the bedroom wall is obviously well done, but some people feel uncomfortable with such a piece of art.
Don’t forget to clean the garage, the attic and the basement (if you have one)
So many deals do not happen because the buyers think that the garage is too small. Rent a storage for the time the house is on the market and show the potential buyer how much space there is in the garage. A two car garage should look like one. If they have the feeling that their two cars won’t fit in they may consider a different property. Not too many people have a three dimensional imagination. They just do not have the ability to see the potential of that room without the clutter.
An unpleasant odor can and will kill every deal
Oh yes, it will instantly. If your house smells as if there is a “corpse rotting” somewhere in the closet you need to act fast. Clean out the litter boxes, be careful with cat and dog food. Your kitty had an accident and peed on the carpet? Have it professionally cleaned. People will smell it. Don’t use those stupid scented candles, because it makes it even worse. Now you have created a mixture of cat urine and vanilla flavor. How awful is that. If push comes to shove and the smell can’t be eliminated you have only one choice…a new carpet. Send the bill to your kitty.
Do not smoke inside!
If you did already repaint the interior, otherwise you would not convince any non-smoker to buy your home. Cigarette smoke is so persistent and sticky that you probably need to repaint the whole house. Often all the carpets and drapes need to go as well. The potential buyer knows that and will most likely walk away.
Clean the carpet and drapes and try to eliminate cooking odors. Garlic is great for your health, but not everybody likes the smell of it. You might want to cook your fish without garlic when you have a showing next day. That can help.
Isn’t it funny that even a majority of smokers doesn’t like the smell of cold smoke in the house?
The list could go on and on, but it is not necessary to “build’ a new home to make it more salable. If you consider all the things mentioned before, your home will already be much more marketable.