In regards to selling your home, you will want to make sure that it is in the best possible showing condition. First impressions are everything! You want the buyers to see your home as “theirs” the moment they walk through the door. Now we will go over what buyers are looking for and what Realtors hear from buyers when showing properties.
- Clean sidewalk and porches
- Pressure wash house and detached buildings
- Clean windows
- Clean gutters
- Lawn manicured and shrubs maintained (update if necessary)
- Freshly painted front door and new hardware (if needed)
- Adding some colorful plants in your yard and a coat of fresh paint is not only cost effective, but will pay big dividends when an offer comes in.
Wear, Tear and Updating
- Remove wallpaper.
- Repair cracked baseboards or woodwork
- Paint in neutral tones.
- Repair any cracks in walls, ceilings or moisture stains
- Clean carpets and replace if worn out
- Pets? Remove pet hair from upholstery and flooring. Hide feeding bowls and litter boxes
- Someone smoke? Rent an air purifier and stop smoking in the home. This is the number one complaint from buyers.
- If possible, invest in updating the kitchen and bathrooms
Small Things Add Up and Can Make a Difference
- Fix small low cost items. They add up to buyers.
- Leaky faucets or toilets
- Clean and caulk around showers and sinks
- Replace old or broken knobs and handles on drawers
- Loose trim or soffit around the house should be repaired if needed
- Door hardware
- Anything loose should be tightened and repaired
- If you are not using it, remove it. Look to see where you can reduce clutter and create open, flowing spaces.
- Clean out closets and garage. Buyers love large, uncluttered storage spaces.
- Put away personal or sentimental items such as pictures, trophies, awards, religious or political items.
- Clean out drawers and cabinets and keep them no more than 40% full.
- Have a garage sale or donate to a local charity any unwanted items.
- Rent a storage container or unit for large items that you aren’t using or have already put in boxes. This will help free up some space.
Make it Shine
- Clean appliances
- Clean windows
- Clean carpets
- Remove all trash from trashcans and remove from home
- Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Clean doors and window trim
- Clean baseboards
These items show that your home has been well maintained and sometimes over looked by sellers
Neatly Kept Bathrooms and Bedrooms
- Keep fresh, clean towels (white) on display and put away laundry hampers
- New shower curtain can add appeal
- Declutter countertops and nightstands
- Use light fragrances to make rooms inviting
- Declutter furniture and polish with wood cleaner
- Store children’s toys or keep out of view
- Keep beds made with nice, crisp linens (preferably white)
- Wash fabric curtains or dust blinds
- Keep closets organized to maximize storage potential
Keep Room’s Function Obvious to Buyers
Make sure a bedroom’s function is obvious. You don’t want it to be seen as an office or a gym.
Don’t Forget the Garage and Utility Room!
- Put bicycles, hoses and any loose items away out of site
- Clean out all the clutter to make the space free flowing as possible.
- Store large items that will take away from the overall feel of the space
Things to Consider
In most circumstances, you don’t want to be present when realtors are showing your home. Give the buyers’ time to get a good feel for whether they could see themselves living there. This gives them the space they need to talk freely about their likes and dislikes without feeling rushed or listened to.
If you choose to play music in your home, Make sure if you choose to play music that it’s easy listening and on a low volume. It shouldn’t be distracting in anyway.
If you have pets, it’s best to take them for a walk or to a friend’s house during the showings. Some people might be allergic or not pet friendly. You don’t want your pet distracting the buyers by barking or jumping on them during the showing. It’s best to put all of your pet’s belongings away as well.
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Daytona Beach Area Association of REALTORS (updated 4/30/17) , My Florida Regional MLS (updated 4/30/17)