After the Decluttering, Don’t Forget the small stuff

said on December 22nd, 2013 filed under: Seller Information awesome!

…Be Awesome!

Selling an occupied house is much better than selling an empty one. But selling an overstuffed house can be more difficult (and bring you less money) than selling even an empty one! That is why so much talk is made of the need to “declutter” (dump, donate or pack!) before putting your home on the market. 

But after the decluttering there seem to be a number of things I find myself repeatedly recommending to my seller clients.   Most of them are inexpensive and easy do-it-yourself projects. A few of them can even be fun if you need an excuse to shop!

But doing them can take your buyers first impression from being an average one to an awesome one, and that just might mean an offer for you.

Here is my list:

  • Replace ratty door mats or small carpets commonly found at the front and back doors
  • Clean bugs out of ceiling light fixtures
  • Keep only the kitchen countertop gadgets out that you actually use everyday
  • Clean, clean, clean…things should sparkle
  • Replace dated light fixtures
  • Clean and caulk bathtub tile if needed
  • Paint entry or/or any areas clearly visibly scuffed, chipping or flaking
  • Replace dated kitchen hardware (knobs and pulls)
  • Fix holes, and anything loose or broken
  • Add a little (of the right) color with throw pillows and shower curtains or towels
  • Reorganize furniture (sometimes a room can look bigger or more inviting if it is set up a different way)

It is human nature to form an impression quickly and on first appearances.  These and other little things can make it easier for a buyer to make a better offer and bring you a faster sale.

I love helping sellers introduce their home to the market in the best possible light. Call me, I can help you.

posted by Lisa Johnson

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