This is going to be just some of the things that I come across or hear about from my Las Vegas Buyers while I am out showing them homes. Sellers take note: No matter how little some of these things might seem to you...trust me...buyers notice,,,they make comments about some of these things and it could potentially turn them off from putting in an offer on your home.
The appearance of a clean and neat home. Yes, make your home appears clean. First Impression sticks in a buyers mind like glue, remember, this is how they weed a home out of their top picks.
I don't mean that it needs to be spotless, but the cleaner the better. Buyers understand you live there, but they don't want to see your dirty laundry strewn about the house, a million toys all over the place. Just put a lot of these items away if you can. A cleaner, more organized home may also give the appearance that the home is well cared for and it usually makes the home seem bigger than it really is. Many first time home buyers think a dirty home equates to "lots of work" or "needs work" even though you know it doesn't, remember it is the first impression rule, some people can't see beyond dirt and clutter.
Does you closet look like it is can't fit another pair of shoes in it?
Then get some storage containers that will slide under your bed and put your clothes and shoes,etc that you won't use say for the next 3 months in them and you will be amazed how much larger that closet seems to be.
This is also a great time for you to decide "do I really want the item" "I mean really, are you ever going to where that dress you have from the 80's?" and if not, make a box of items you can donate to Goodwill, Big Brothers or whatever charity you wish. "Ok, the 80's dress may not work for you but it may be a retro look for someone else". Some charities like Big Brothers may even come and pick the items up if you give them a call. You could do this for each room of your house. And, an added bonus is, you are moving so it is less to pack and move!
Does your kitchen counter top look like it is a display at an small appliance store for all the latest and coolest gadgets? Do you really use all those small appliances everyday? If not, same thing, put them away, if even just below or above in a cabinet.
Do you want to see your own proof? Here is a simple tip for you.
Get out your camera and go snap a few pictures of each room in your home, Don't clean or move anything, just go take the pics! Now, don't look at the pics yet! Go download them into a file on your computer and have the file says something like "Before Pics. Now after they are downloaded, Now take a close look at those pics. You will most likely instantly be able to clearly See what you need to do and or put away. Trust me, this works every time, and if it doesn't, well then congratulations your perfect already! LOL!
This trick works very well for rearranging your furniture in a room or putting pictures and displays out.
There is something about being in your environment everyday, things your own eyes seem to miss, or we choose not to see them, etc... and that is fine for everyday life when you aren't planning on having buyers parade thru your home. But, the camera is like that extra set of eyes that just walked into your home unannounced. Puts that fresh spin on what it really looks like to an outsider.
If you are looking to buy or sell in the Las Vegas or Henderson area give me a call Dawn Barrier
Home Buyers Pet Peeves -Things that SELLERS should know - Part 1 in a Series-from Las Vegas, Nv Copyrighted © by Dawn Barrier *2010* All Rights Reserved.
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