Posts Tagged ‘Clean House’

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What are Buyers looking for in a home?

January 16, 2010

Sellers ask me all the time…what should I do to help sell my home? Should I put in granite countertops, should I paint, etc? I read so many articles a day on the Top Ten Ways to Sell Your Home and How to Sell Your Home in 7 Steps. You get the drift.

BUT THERE IS ONE SURE FIRE WAY TO GET YOUR HOME SOLD! I guarantee it.

It needs to be CLEAN – I mean super clean – I mean Mr. Clean, clean. NOTHING and I mean NOTHING turns off a buyer more than a dirty home that smells like food, dog, and dirt. Nothing says AWFUL more than a messy home where it looks like a clothes bomb has exploded. Your home must be clean and neat and tidy. Super tidy. Clean and neat trumps paint, carpet, or granite anytime. I promise.

I had a very sweet home (over $400K) with a charming and quaint exterior. But the minute people walked in – they walked out. It is not because the home is awful – it’s because the owners (who had moved out) had a dog and the odor was overwhelming. It was absolutely pungent with stench. We had over 30 showings and no offers and they all said the same thing. IT STINKS.

Buyers don’t want to move into a home that they feel has not been well cared for and if it looks bad – they automatically assume you have not taken care of your home. If you paint a pig – it’s still a pig. So CLEAN UP YOUR HOME – I mean cleaner than your Momma would have cleaned. Everything should shine – everything should sparkle. It is the one time in your life you have to be diligent and have a spotless home without a strong sense of odor. And speaking of odors, those plugs in that you can buy at the store don’t REALLY mask bad smells. If the carpet stinks – get new carpet and keep the dog off of it.

In short (and I know I am beating a dead horse here) – KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE and you will have a SOLD HOUSE.