Buyers notice everything, good and bad. From the moment they walk in the front door, they are trying to determine if this is the right home for them and their family. If you have your home listed for sale, paying attention to what the buyers’ notice can mean the difference between an offer and a missed opportunity.
Here are eight things that buyers notice as soon as they walk in a house:
- Light- A bright home is inviting. Make sure you fill your home with lots of natural light or a soft evening glow.
- Smell- Nothing is less inviting than a strong odor. Even candles and air fresheners can be overwhelming. Less is more and make sure nothing unpleasant is lingering from last nights dinner or your furry friends.
- Space- Remove any unneeded furniture and offer a spacious home which flows. If you need a little help, hire a local stager or interior designer for a consultation.
- Ceilings- Of course, you can’t make your ceilings higher, but make sure they are free from water stains and spider webs; buyers will look up.
- Windows- Make sure windows are clean to maximize light and be sure to wipe down window sills and touch up with fresh paint if needed.
- Pictures and personal items- Remove personalization as much as possible so the buyers can imagine their family in the home.
- Outdated furnishings and fixtures- If your home is filled with hand-me-downs, consider a professional stager. Old wallpaper or old paint colors should be replaced as well.
- Dirty or cluttered rooms- Most important, clean everything thoroughly and box up items you don’t use daily.
A little attention to details will help your home sell faster and for more money.
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