There are nine seemingly unimportant things that can actually sabotage your home sale if you are not careful.
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If you are preparing your home for the market, you need to be aware of these nine things that could potentially sabotage your home sale:
1. Mounted cords hanging from your TV. When those cords are dangling, buyers notice, even though it has nothing to do with your house.
2. An unkempt yard. If you have weeds sprouting up everywhere or other growth that needs to be trimmed, go ahead and trim it. We encourage our buyers to drive by homes to inspect their curb appeal first, so make sure your yard is taken care of.
3. A dingy front door. Oftentimes when we are about to show a home to a buyer and are opening the home’s lockbox, it can take as long up to a minute to open the lockbox. During that time, buyers are looking at the home’s front door, and they will notice if it has not been maintained. They will often discount the value of a home because of little things like that, so make sure your home’s front door is painted and clean.
4. Not cleaning up after your pet or taking care of pet odors. Sometimes sellers with pets forget to clean up after them, so make sure you are aware of what stains or smells you might have to clean up if you have pets.
5. Cobwebs. You might not notice spiders roaming around the corners of your ceilings, but buyers will notice that right away, and they might take it as a sign of a lack of maintenance within your home.
6. Poor furniture arrangement. We live in a house one way and sell it another way. This means your home’s current furniture arrangement might not correspond to how a buyer wants to see the inside. If your furniture is poorly arranged, it might not show off the size of the home very well or prevent buyers from seeing how their own furniture could be arranged.
7. Junk drawers and crammed cabinets. Be aware if you have left any extra stuff in these places because buyers tend to look inside them.
8. Overfilled closets. As with the junk drawers, buyers tend to check these areas and might downgrade your home’s value because of what is inside them. I recommend removing as much extra stuff as possible and packing it away in boxes.
9. Cluttered countertops. We always tell our sellers to remove everything from their countertops when they’re preparing their home for sale. Store all of your items that you use regularly in a bin underneath the counter during a showing. The same goes for your bathroom countertops and any open surfaces throughout the house.
If you have any other questions about this topic or you have any other real estate needs, please feel free to call or email me. I would love to help you.