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“What will other people say?”

Do you know what people say about your home when you’re not there? As a seller, you’re probably dying to know what potential buyers have to say as they tour around your property.

 

Realtors® reveal what potential buyers are really thinking about your home when you’re not there. These are the statement being overheard during open houses.

 

stinky-houseStatement#1: “What’s that smell?”

Homebuyers don’t want houses that stink. Sellers must identify and remediate odors that make prospective purchasers hold their noses and run for the exits. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for sellers to identify familiar smells that might be problematic because people get used to the odor of their house and may not notice that something is unpleasant.

The best way to find out whether a house smells okay is to ask someone who doesn’t live there to come inside and give an opinion. Odious odors, by far, top the list of things home buyers comment on. Some just open the windows to eliminate those funky smells, but if the odor won’t budge, consider lighting some scented candles. If you really want to clean those carpets and rugs, make sure to do it maybe a week or two before putting your place on the market.

 

full-closetStatement#2: “I don’t know where you’ll keep your clothes, honey.”

Every inch of storage space matters. Buyers often joke about this. It really pays to make your closets look as spacious as possible. Remove the unnecessary stuff to declutter.

 

medicine-cabinetStatement#3: “Wow, these people take a lot of meds.”

Agents have always reminded you that buyers tend to open and look inside medicine cabinets, kitchen cupboards, and anything else they feel the need to see and check out to make a decision on the home. There will always beside comments about your medicine stash. The best you can do about this is hide your medicine somewhere else safe (like inside your nightstand).

 

kids-bathroomStatement#4: “Adults live here?”

As much as you or your kids may love your cartoon-inspired home, buyers might get a little bit shocked about it. Try to stick with a neutral décor, just to make it clear that you’re serious enough about the sale.

 

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Statement#5: “The house seems dark and depressing.”

It’s a proven fact that our home plays a significant part in how we feel emotionally. This could be a mood killer for buyers most especially if the rooms are dark or dimly. Luckily, this flaw can be remedied easily. There are things you can do to help the blues be gone. Here are some tips:

  • Let there be light. Add mirrors and lamps, open blinds, use a lighter material for curtains and the most important part is to wash those windows.
  • Flow of furniture. Try mixing up your furniture, putting it on an angle, adding a new conversation nook.
  • Deep clean. Declutter.

 

noisy-neighbours-have-cost-me-a-tenantStatement#6: “It’s awfully loud.”

Noisy neighbors? Noisy road? This can be a huge turnoff. Calm down! Try planting trees and shrubs between your home and the road to block it out. You can also do this in between you and your neighbors’ yards. Soundproof windows could be a well worth investment.

 

fresh-paintStatement#7: “If these walls had a fresh coat of paint…”

“…it would make it so much nicer!” Tired, old homes can be given a makeover with a simple fresh coat of paint. This can not only make your property look more modern and appealing, but it can also potentially increase its property value. Whether you prefer to paint the exterior, the interior, or both areas of your home, you’ll find that creating a fresh new look can be a worthwhile investment. The clean look of fresh, neutral paint can increase your property value and make your house more appealing to a wide range of buyers. A good paint job helps show buyers that you care about your property and that it will serve them well in the years to come.

 

Source: realtor.com, apartmenttherapy.com, bankrate.com

 

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No Mistake

Selling your house for the first time? Don’t just let your Realtor do all the work. There are some responsibilities for you to do even though you’re not present for the open house. According to the experts, you could end the chances of having a successful deal in an open house with these mistakes.

 

pet-at-homeLeaving a Pet Behind

Some potential buyers might not like pets at all so letting your pets run free may annoy them, most especially those who really don’t picture themselves having one at all. You might also want to consider the safety of the animals.

 

dirty-dishes-in-the-sinkTurning a Blind Eye to the Kitchen

Many homeowners ignore this entire room when selling. A disgusting kitchen may leave your home unsalable. This is a great turn off for potential buyers. Check if there are any unwashed dishes or is there anything inside the dishwasher. Expect the nosy buyers to open the dishwasher and investigate the fridge. Clean up and store your dishes, and smelly food in the fridge must go out.

Other rooms you think buyers won’t check out are the garage, laundry room, or closets, so better clean up and organize.

 

clean-bathroomNot Hiding Your Dirty Bath Towels

Bath towels you’ve used and still wants to be used again must be tucked away properly in a closet. This will not only make it look well-staged, but it will also keep it away from the germs and dirt throughout the day’s procession of guests. Just maybe leave a clean set of decorative bath and hand towels for your guests to use during the open house.

 

prof-cleanersCleaning Solo

Not a fan of cleaning by yourself, you might want to consider hiring a professional. Cleaners will scrub all the out-of-the-way spots you might miss and eliminate any bad odors and messes that go back years.

 

check-out-homeNot Getting a Second Opinion

Having a blunt-tongued neighbor or friend is very useful during this time. After the cleaning and staging your home for the open house, you need a neutral party to tell you like it is. You should not be offended if they tell you that your place stinks, either figuratively or literally. This can get you focused on the cleaning details before the open house.

 

yard-maintenanceNot Maintaining the Yard

Don’t neglect your side yard. Not only that a messy yard is not pleasing to the eyes, scattered objects can also be dangerous. Get that garden hose coiled up and trash bins out of sight.

 

bathroom-medicine-cabinetForgetting to Stash Your Drugs

This is the most important one of them all. Stagers need to hide your private details as much as they can to remove all the ammunition against you during the negotiating process. That is why it’s really important to empty your medicine cabinet during an open house. They might steal meds and think that you’re selling the house because of some illness that they can use as leverage during the offer process. Same goes for the family photos and things such as walkers and canes because they might think that you can no longer take care of your home and wants an undercutting of the home’s price. This is not just for good staging but it’s a good business sense, too.

 

Source: realtor.com, dogvacay.com, gettingorganizedmagazine.com, goingcrazywannago.com, styleathome.com, homenclean.com, businessinsider.com, tg3k.com, dotcomwomen.com

 

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Mistakes in an Open House

Selling your house for the first time? Don’t just let your realtor do all the work. There are some responsibilities for you to do even though you’re not present for the open house. According to the experts, you could end the chances of having a successful deal in an open house with these mistakes.

 

DO NOT! – Leaving a Pet Behind

pet at home

Some potential buyers might not like pets at all so letting your pets run free may annoy them, most especially those who really don’t picture themselves having one at all. You might also want to consider the safety of the animals.

 

DO NOT! – Turning a Blind Eye to the Kitchen

Many homeowners ignore this entire room when selling. A disgusting kitchen may leave your home unsalable. This is a great turn off for potential buyers. Check if there are any unwashed dishes or is there anything inside the dishwasher. Expect the nosy buyers to open the dishwasher and investigate the fridge. Clean up and store your dishes, and smelly food in the fridge must go out.

Other rooms you think buyers won’t check out are the garage, laundry room, or closets, so better clean up and organize.

 

DO NOT! – Not Hiding Your Dirty Bath Towel

clean-bathroom

Bath towels you’ve used and still wants to be used again must be tucked away properly in a closet. This will not only make it look well-staged, but it will also keep it away from the germs and dirt throughout the day’s procession of guests. Just maybe leave a clean set of decorative bath and hand towels for your guests to use during the open house.

 

DO NOT! – Clean Solo

prof cleaners

Not a fan of cleaning by yourself, you might want to consider hiring a professional. Cleaners will scrub all the out-of-the-way spots you might miss and eliminate any bad odors and messes that go back years.

 

DO NOT! – Not Getting a Second Opinion

check out home

Having a blunt-tongued neighbor or friend is very useful during this time. After the cleaning and staging your home for the open house, you need a neutral party to tell you like it is. You should not be offended if they tell you that your place stinks, either figuratively or literally. This can get you focused on the cleaning details before the open house.

 

DO NOT! – Not Maintaining the Yard

yard maintenance

Don’t neglect your side yard. Not only that a messy yard is not pleasing to the eyes, scattered objects can also be dangerous. Get that garden hose coiled up and trash bins out of sight.

 

DO NOT! – Forgetting to Stash your Drugs

bathroom-medicine-cabinet

This is the most important one of them all. Stagers need to hide your private details as much as they can to remove all the ammunition against you during the negotiating process. That is why it’s really important to empty your medicine cabinet during an open house. They might steal meds and think that you’re selling the house because of some illness that they can use as leverage during the offer process. Same goes for the family photos and things such as walkers and canes because they might think that you can no longer take care of your home and wants an undercutting of the home’s price. This is not just for good staging but it’s a good business sense, too.

 

Source: realtor.com, dogvacay.com, gettingorganizedmagazine.com, goingcrazywannago.com, styleathome.com, homenclean.com, businessinsider.com, tg3k.com, dotcomwomen.com

 

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