Buyers notice everything – good and bad. From the moment they walk in the front door, they are trying to determine if this is the right home for them and their family. When you have your home listed for sale, paying attention to what the buyers notice can mean the difference between an offer and a missed opportunity.
1. Light – A bright home is inviting. Make sure you fill your home with lots of natural light or a soft evening glow. Replace those "blue" light CFL bulbs with ones that are a more daylight color and most importantly, please make sure your light bulb colors match.
2. Smell – Nothing is less inviting than a strong odor. Even candles and air fresheners can be overwhelming. Less is more and make sure nothing unpleasant is lingering.
3. Space – Remove any unneeded furniture and offer a spacious home which flows.
4. Ceilings – Of course you can’t make your ceilings higher, but make sure they are free from water stains because buyers will look up.
5. Pictures and Personal Items – Remove personalization as much as possible so the buyers can imagine their family living in their new home.
6. Outdated Furnishings and Fixtures – If your home is filled with hand-me-downs, consider a professional stager. Old wall paper or outdated paint colors should be replaced as well.
7. Dirty, Grimy Rooms – Most important, clean everything thoroughly. Nothing is less appealing than a dirty home.
8. Kitchen - Clear off your countertops and if possible, don't have anything on the front or sides of your refrigerator.
Buyers decide within the first 3-5 minutes of walking into your home whether they are interested in making an offer. First impressions are key!