If you’ve lived in your home for awhile, it’s easy to develop what is known as seller blindness. You may be used to seeing the same spot on the rug for so long that it ceases to be important. However, these little things are going to catch the eye of a buyer that is seeing your home for the first time. Here are some tips on common areas that a lot of home sellers forget to address.
1. Peeling linoleum, missing grout, old tiles. This can be a real problem in a kitchen or a bathroom. Try to go through absolutely every surface in these rooms and make a list of what needs to be fixed. If possible, have a friend come in to point out anything that you may be missing.
2. Faulty fixtures you’ve gotten used to. That toilet that never flushes right or the refrigerator that sounds awful when it kicks in – these are the things a buyer is going to notice. Make a list of all of the annoying things in your home and try to address them as best you can.
3. Spotty carpets. All carpet is bound to get stained over the years and it’s easy to get used to seeing them day after day. You may not even think about it any more, but the minute a buyer walks through the door that spot is going to jump up and slap them in the face. Take the time to shampoo your carpets and if necessary hire a professional cleaning service to get them back into shape.
4. Pet odors. You live with your pet every day and chances are that you have gotten pretty used to their smells. So used to them in fact that you may no longer even notice them. However, if you have pets and you’re selling your home, you’re going to need to make sure that these odors don’t reach out and grab a buyer the minute they walk through the door. Use carpet freshener, launder any blankets you have that pets use and make sure that the upholstery is cleaned. If you have cats, do all that you can to keep that litter box clean and smell free.
To many buyers, pets equal damage. Your goal is to surprise buyers with the fact that you have a pet. You should be able to walk into your home and never know that a pet lives there. Once again, you may need to enlist the help of a friend.
5. That crack in the sidewalk that you’ve tripped over for fifteen years. You’re used to it, the pets are used to it and it’s no big deal to you. However, a buyer is going to see this as a hazard and they won’t appreciate hearing that it’s always been like that. Look around for any safety hazards inside and out that you’ve learned to live with and address them.
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