You may have read articles detailing how to stage your home when you get ready to sell. And, of course, there are also articles regarding completing necessary home repairs, removing clutter, and packing up personal effects to get your home ready for viewing. There are, however, many small things you might not think about that can interfere with the sale of a home. First impressions are only made once. In addition to being easy to accomplish, the following tips are free or inexpensive.
Faucets and Fixtures
This may seem unimportant, but potential buyers notice water spots and smudges on your kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Take a few minutes to polish them before a showing. Shiny fixtures make a good first impression.
Wall Plates and Switch Covers
Take a good look at your wall plates and switch covers. Plastic ones discolor easily, and it costs only a few dollars to replace them. Consider putting charging station wall plates in the kitchen, family room, and home office.
Door and Window Trim
Smudges, peanut butter and jelly residue, stains, and discolorations must be scrubbed off doors and windows. If stains and spots don’t come off easily, repaint the windows and doors for a fresh, clean appearance.
Clean the Kitchen Appliances
Mopping the floors and dusting are not enough. The kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of a home. Prospective buyers will look inside your refrigerator, dishwasher, cabinets, closets, and under the sink. Each of these locations needs to be sparkling clean even if the appliances are not remaining for the new buyer.
Reduce Closet Contents
It’s easy to accumulate things over time, and closets are the proof. Many are stuffed with old toys, seasonal clothing, odds and ends of footwear, sports equipment, and vacation paraphernalia. When your closets are jam-packed, potential buyers see a house that is cramped and has no room for storage. Remove as much as you can and store it. Half-filled closets give the impression that there is ample space for storage.
If you have children and pets, you can be sure there is dander and odor hidden in your carpet. Pet odors you are accustomed to may be unpleasant to buyers. Professional cleaning is inexpensive and will have your carpets looking and smelling fresh. Have it done before your first showing.
Put new towels in each bathroom, and instruct family members not to use them. New throw rugs also add a fresh and clean look. Make sure grout is not stained or dirty. Grout is simple and cheap to replace, and that may be your best option. Keep the toilet lid closed, add an artificial green leafy plant, keep toothbrushes and paste out of sight, and place a scent diffuser in an appropriate location.
These seven tips may not seem especially important, but they are. If not implemented, you can lose an otherwise interested buyer. A little time and a few dollars can make all the difference in the sale of your home.