Happy Friday everyone! I have shown some REAL interesting homes this week, and I not in a good way. Unfortunately, Sellers are either ignorant or uninformed on three simple things to take care of before listing...
Some of these suggestions may seem obvious, but I have encountered each of them at least once in the past month.
CLEAN YOUR HOUSE. I mean... REALLY clean it up. Clean the kitchen, clean the bathrooms. HIRE someone to clean your carpets professionally. When you have showings scheduled, do the dishes, clean the cat's litter box, control the laundry, and take out the trash.
Make sure your house smells good. This seems funny, but it's SO true! I am not saying you need to fall into the "bake cookies every time you have a showing" ploy, but the psychology behind that tactic is the same. A home can be stunningly beautiful, but Buyers cannot see the beauty if they can't get past an odor. I have heard multiple times that scientifically, odor is the strongest of your senses, especially when tied to a memory. Use that to your advantage! I do not recommend leaving candle burning unattended (although I see it all the time when showing), but consider plug-ins, wax melts, potpourri, whatever it takes (safely). You do not want to be the house referenced as "You know, honey... the one that smelled like dog".
Control the clutter. Sacrifice your garage if you must, but get the clutter and excess furniture out of your house. If you have more than a sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table in your living room you probably need to remove something. Put the kids' toys away, or at least contain them to a corner. Pack the knick-knacks and other small items and personal objects. YOURE MOVING. START ACTING LIKE IT. :)
Remember- Buyers want to buy a home that they believe has been well-maintained and cared for by the previous owner. Even if your home isn't always spotless, pretend that it is!