Posts Tagged ‘Cleaning out clutter’

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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.

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If Looks Could Kill – Help for Home Sellers

January 11, 2009

Our homes are so well-used that we rarely take a moment to really look at them and we miss the clutter.

My advice to sellers who are wondering why their home isn’t selling? Break out your camera. You need to photograph each room and see what stands out. Start at your doorway of each room and try to view the space as if you’d never seen it before.

By using photography, you will notice little things that make the room looks messy, cluttered or just plain ugly. Just as you can “tune out” noise in your life…so too can you “tune out” the visual imagery that you see every day. You become blind to your home’s defects.

You don’t notice the dirty walls; you maybe miss the fact that there are too many pictures on the wall. You are so de-sensitized to your “objects” that you don’t realize your space is gasping for air. I have had many sellers tell me that they never realized what their house REALLY looked like until they viewed photos taken prior to a virtual tour. I do this so they will see what we need to remove to make their home tour spectacular.

Like a lady dressed for the evening…you look in the mirror and take one thing off. Too much is still too much. So it goes with your house. Take out the extra stuff and get down to the bare (and I mean bare) minimum. It will make your house look fresh and if you still aren’t sure…break out the Polaroid and look at your home as other’s see it. It may not be as glossy as you think.