When you’re selling your home in DC Ranch, you know how important it is to stage, clean and boost your curb appeal – but there’s more to it than that. You need to make sure your home isn’t sending buyers running for the door with these five not-so-big mistakes that seem huge to buyers. Even if you’ve sold a home before, it’s good to have a quick refresher.
5 Surprising Things That Will Send Buyers Running for the Door
Selling your house comes with a lot of variables, and you can’t control some of them. That means you have to take charge of the things you can control.
The good news: You can head off all five of these surprising things that’ll send buyers running:
- Dead bugs in the windowsills
- Your eclectic collections
- Pet evidence
- Lack of light
- Too much personalization
#1. Dead Bugs in the Windowsills
Big deal – flies get in the house, then they die. We all know that, but it’s one of the things that gross out buyers. Do routine checks of your windowsills, and while you’re poking around, make sure there aren’t any cobwebs building up. This is especially true in high windows, like those you’ll find over showers, and windows of rooms you rarely (if ever) use.
#2. Your Eclectic Collections
It’s wonderful that you have a collection of things that makes you happy. Buyers don’t see it that way, though – they see it as overwhelming clutter, even if they’re totally into what you have. It’s best to pack up Victorian dolls, clowns, shot glasses and other tchotchkes and save them for your new house while you’re trying to sell this one. Any group of items large enough to be called a collection should go.
Even if your prospective buyers are pet-lovers, they don’t want to see (or smell) evidence of your pets. That goes from pet hair to pet food and everything in between. Do yourself and your pets a favor: When you’re showing the home, pack everyone up in the car and leave the house. Whisk away pet food, beds and toys, too, because you don’t want buyers thinking about your four-legged family members; you want them thinking about your house and all its great features.
#4. Lack of Light
Letting in fresh sunlight is the best thing you can do to sell your home. Buyers want bright, open spaces, even if they’re going to put up heavy drapes and block it all out once they’ve moved in. Do yourself a favor and take down the drapes you have or open them as far as they can go when buyers are swinging by. Don’t even leave up sheer curtains – let your prospective buyers enjoy the view. They know they can put up window treatments if they want to!
#5. Too Much Personalization
Take down everything that’s personal and replace it with generic stuff. Even professionally taken family photos should come down – and so should religious memorabilia, edgy art and everything else that makes the home look like anything other than a model house you’d see in a new subdivision. Buyers don’t want to see your personal photos; they want paintings and art that’s generic enough to swap out with their own.
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