Friday, May 31, 2019 / by Nani Palmer
1.) Bad smells. As a homeowner, sometimes we don’t realize our homes have smells in them. When selling your property, avoid making foods that have orders that linger (especially fried food). Cigarette smoke will definitely turn off non-smokers, as well as stinky teenager rooms (believe me, we all know what those can smell like:-). I suggest asking a trusted friend who will be straight with you. Invite a friend over who has not been in your house often and have them give you an honest sniff test. A good Realtor will also be honest with you about the lingering odors in your house. Don’t take offense to the feedback! Most odors can be remedied with fresh paint or a deep clean.
3.) Busy wallpaper or loud paint colors. - When you have loud expressive wallpaper, you might appeal to some buyers but exclude others. When selling, you want to appeal to the largest part of the buying public. By keeping your house in a neutral zone, you will appeal to the masses. I like looking at Houzz.com for ideas on what the current trends are.
4.) A Messy Home & Pets. - While some buyers might love pets, they certainly don’t want to see or smell evidence of pets when coming to your house. When preparing for your photos to market your house, I always advise sellers to remove any evidence of pets unless it is a specific marketable item (dog wash area). Ensure the house is free of any pet odors. Cats are notorious for lingering odors and many people have allergies to them. You might also consider having the air ducts cleaned out by a HVAC company if you house is a forced air system and you have a lot of pet hair or dander. Make sure your home is clean and orderly. Selling a house is hard work and it will pay off if you put in the extra effort. If you price your house right and the showing condition is great, it should not sit on the market very long and you can go about living in your house again. My husband often times has to remind me that we live in our house and it is not on the market. Living in a clean home is great, but if you are selling it - everything needs to have a place and it needs to be in that place. Yes - this means making the beds daily, cleaning up the kitchen and wiping down the counter tops every time before you leave the house. You only have one chance to make a good impression to a buyer and if they have made into the house, you need to do the heavy lifting and make it shine!
5.) Bad curb appeal. A Realtor with a perfectly executed marketing plan’s job is to get a buyer out from behind their computer and into the house - but if a drive-by does not reflect a welcoming entry, a potential buyer will keep on driving!
- Clean up your yard!
- Keep walk-ways clear of toys and debris.
- Make the entry bright and inviting (Pinterest is a great resource for entryways)
- Clean up the paint around the doors and trim. If needed, give the house a good washing.
- Freshen up the flowerbeds with new mulch and add hanging baskets with flowers to the entry.
- If it is winter time, utilize seasonal decor and ensure the house is well lit. You might consider motion lights.