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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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Extra Storage in a Small Kitchen

It’s crazy how you could fit all your cooking accessories in your little kitchen. Here are some ideas for you to get that extra storage out of your tiny weeny kitchen.

 

pegboardMount a pegboard and hang all your essentials.

Kitchen pegboards are awesome. They can hold and organize anything in the kitchen, from pots and pans to your iPad. For renters, you should first call your landlord before you install one because it will leave a mark on your wall (you don’t want to compromise your deposit). Get the right hardware to help distribute the weight of your pots and pans along the anchored framing. And also paint your pegboard front and back to seal the hardboard material since it is bound to experience water and oil drips. A paint seal will ensure the material doesn’t blister and break apart after a few months of use. You can use high- or semi-gloss finish enamel so you can clean your pegboard easily.

 

 

stackable shelves

 

Get most of the cabinets you have with stackable shelves or undershelf baskets.

Stackable shelves will help you keep an orderly arrangement of assorted canned and bottled items in the kitchen. While the undershelf basket is great for utilizing vertical space that can’t be reached with stackable containers.

 

 

 

top cabinet decorDon’t neglect the space above your cabinets.

Here are some smart solutions for that awkward space above your cabinets.

Layer silver and ceramics: This is a good trick for making use of a deep overhead space.

Add some twinkle: Nothing evokes the divine like romantic lighting.

Make your wallpaper pop: Wallpaper is an obvious choice for the space, but increase the life noticeably with a similar-colored collection.

Paint it wisely: For maximum effect, you need to choose a color that pops against the color of the cabinetry, the ceiling and the backsplash.

Mix and match favorites: You can try putting up a single-lighted letter of your family’s shared initials with quirky collection of colorful bottles.

Add a gorgeous garland: To turn a ho-hum kitchen into a statement-making room, putting an eccentric paper garland is a great work of art.

Curtain it: Just install a tension rod and fabric you love to create a no-judgement spot to stash junk.

Show off plenty of art: If your kitchen has such an expansive space to fill up there, you can go ahead and create this space as your gallery wall full of paintings in frames.

List the menu (or whatever’s on your mind): Chalkboard paint turns the awkward spot into a blank canvas in the best possible way.

 

 

diy trash dispenserAdd a dispenser for trash bags under your sink.

Most of us keep trash bag rolls under the sink. You know how bulky those oversized rolls can be. By installing a DIY dispenser for the trash bags to the side of your under-sink cabinet, you’ll be saving a lot of space inside the cabinet, and eventually make the bags easier to find when you need them.

 

 

bar height tableAdd a bar-height table.

This gives your kitchen a triple whammy since you’ve just added an extra counter, extra storage and a place for friends to sit and eat in the kitchen all in one.

 

 

magnetic strip

 

Hang knives on the wall.

You can use magnetic strips for this. They can help free up valuable counter space, and keep all your most used kitchen tools close at hand.

 

 

 

Source: ApartmentTherapy.com, thekitchn.com, housebeautiful.com, simplyorganized.me, abeautifulmess.com, unclutterer.com, popsugar.com, pinterest.com, wayfair.com

 

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