The Carpets Aren’t Clean
Dingy, stained—or worse, smelly—carpets can kill the mood at an open house, and fast. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, invest in having it professionally steam cleaned or rent a steamer and do the job yourself before you list your house. A simple deep cleaning goes a long way toward making a good first impression.
Some Interiors Need a Paint Job
It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do to brighten a space. But beyond applying a fresh coat, you also need to make sure you've picked the right colors. It's important to help potential buyers visualize themselves living in your home, so set aside your personal tastes and select paint colors that have mass appeal. Boring as they may seem, neutral colors will win the day.
You Have Too Much Clutter
Get rid of your stuff! Family photos and tchotchkes from your world travels make your home yours, but that's not a good thing during real estate showings. Those personal touches prevent home shoppers from envisioning how they could decorate the space. Style your rooms with a bare minimum of accents, then box up the rest and put them in storage.
The Faucet Leaks
Before you put your house up for sale, make a list of any minor repairs that are needed and take care of them. In other words, you need to fix all those leaky faucets, noisy toilets, cracked floor tiles, and loose cabinet handles that have been irritating you for months. You may be able to live with a leaky faucet, but those kinds of nagging issues could signal to skittish potential buyers that you haven't maintained your home properly, and they may decide to look elsewhere.
The Windows Are Dirty
The Bushes Aren’t Trimmed
Potential buyers who don't like the way a house looks from the outside aren’t going to be excited about walking in. When your house is on the market, curb appeal is of paramount importance. Do everything you can to make your landscaping look neat and appealing. Trim the bushes, get rid of the weeds, and go ahead—plant some fresh, colorful flowers . Don't let a bad first impression be the only impression your house gets to make.
The Grout Is Cracked
While the kitchen is the most important room in your home to a prospective buyer, the bathrooms come in a close second. Ceramic tiles on the floors, walls, and tub surrounds need to look pristine. Recaulk everything, fix any chipped grout, and then clean until all the surfaces sparkle.
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The Siding Is Moldy
Do yourself a favor and spend a few hundred dollars to have the exterior power-washed before putting your home up for sale. While you're at it, do the sidewalks too. You get only one chance to make that crucial first impression, and it has to be good. A flawless exterior will make house hunters eager to see what lies beyond the front door.
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Your Closets Are Too Full
Storage space is a big selling point, especially if your home has a lot of it. Whatever amount of storage space you have, show it to its best advantage. Reduce what you have in your closets by half, then cut it in half again. Store the extra stuff with a friend or rent a storage space to keep it out of sight while your home is open for viewings.
Your Interiors Are Dark
The brighter your home is on the inside, the bigger and more welcoming it will look. So, remove any heavy drapes or curtains, and replace any burned-out light bulbs. As a matter of fact, it’s even worth investing in new, brighter bulbs. Remember, though, it’s lumens, not watts, that count. Look for the highest number of lumens in the wattage that’s appropriate for your lamps and fixtures.
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