I get this all the time when showing houses – people have a difficult time looking past certain aesthetic mistakes. Below are some of the major mistakes you want to avoid when listing your house:
Lack of Light: A dark home has tendency to fell small and unwelcoming. It has to be one of the simplest things that you can fix! Before any showing, go ahead and turn on all your light fixtures, switch the dim bulbs for high wattage and throw back those curtains – let that light shine right through that gorgeous house of yours!
Clutter: It is so easy to accumulate stuff over the years, and living with it, it’s easy to ignore. Along with making the room look dark, clutter does a great job of making your space look small and uninviting. It signals neglect, and makes it difficult for buyers to ignore and try to picture their belongings in the space. So spend a little time to pack away some of that stuff – hey consider it getting a head start on the packing!
Odors: Nothing screams “don’t buy this house” faster than the smell of smoke, cooking or pets throughout your house. Eliminating any unwanted odors can be as simple as cleaning the carpets or keeping your trash can emptied.
Outdated décor: This can be a tough one. Everyone has a unique taste and everyone’s house showcases their own personal style differently. That being said, you want your décor to appeal to the masses – you want your house to attract the greatest number of prospective buyers. As stated previously, it is hard for a buyer to see past your ‘stuff’ in any space, so the best way to get the buyer to picture themselves in your home is to streamline the furniture.
Neglected Repairs: Just like clutter, little things like missing hardware, holes in the wall, missing molding can be easily be ignored over time. This again implies neglect and gives the impression that your home hasn’t been maintained – so make sure these are fixed up prior to showcasing your house
Selling your house is stressful enough, but I guarantee if you hire a good real estate agent and together you follow these steps, your house will sell a lot quicker!