Wednesday, November 27, 2019 / by Dennis Isip
- The first (and largest) area of concern is home odors. Homeowners become desensitized to the odors in their homes, they rarely realize how obvious odors can be to visitors. This is particularly true of pet owners and smokers.
- Carpet and flooring. One of the most visible areas of your home is your flooring. If your carpet is worn or dirty, get it replaced or cleaned. If you have vinyl flooring with corners coming up, get it glued down.
- Paint and Walls. Paint is one of the least expensive ways to “spruce-up” your home. Consider painting outside trim, and interior walls and doors.
- Get rid of clutter. Excess clutter is a big buyer turn-off. You have to move anyway, so you might as well pack away items that make your home feel good to you, but turn off buyers.
- Signs of mice, rats, roaches, spiders or bees. If you have any of these symptoms, you should immediately contact a local pest control company and have them eliminated.
- Poor landscaping. If your landscaping is messy, overgrown, or looks cluttered in any way, you need to fix it. Buyers make positive or negative conclusions about your home within the first 5 minutes.
- House siding. Wash or thoroughly clean wood, aluminum and vinyl sided homes. Get rid of clutter by either putting it in boxes, or pack ahead of time and rent a storage locker for your garage belongings. Make sure you wash your car.
- Garage clutter. Organize the garage by either putting it in boxes, or pack ahead of time and rent a storage locker for your garage belongings.
- Oil stains. Clean oil stains from your driveway and garage. This is best achieved by using a nylon bristle brush and dish soap. Scrub with detergent and rinse.
- Front Door. Clean or paint your front door. Polish the hardware.
There’s no doubt about it: first impressions count with buyers.