Buyers Like Homes That Are Well-Maintained, Clean And Clutter-Free
Here are a few small details that can make an important difference in buyer impressions about your home:
- Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges and shrubs, weed and edge gardens.
- Clean sidewalks and driveway, remove any litter.
- Remove unnecessary items from the exterior of the house.
- Power wash the porch, siding, deck and patio.
- If you have a pool, make sure it’s clean and functioning well or properly closed in the off-season.
- Clean off your outdoor furniture and remove any in poor repair.
- Clean your air conditioner.
- Clear out the garage of everything but cars. If yours has become a two-car attic, throw out all unnecessary items, and then thoroughly organize and clean everything that remains.
- Clean and tidy the entrance, clear stairs and halls.
- Create space by storing all excess furniture.
- Remove from closets, cabinets, and shelves any clothes and other items you won’t need until after moving. Pre-pack and store if possible.
- Organize kitchen countertops, removing some appliances if necessary, to make them look as spacious as possible.
- Thoroughly clean everything in and out of sight. Wash and wax floors, shampoo carpets and rugs, wash walls and windows, clean blinds and drapes, light fixtures, baseboards and crown mouldings, all kitchen and bathroom elements, furniture, the fireplace, work and storage and pet areas . . .
- Remove all odors, add air freshener, dishes of potpourri, a drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent.
- Throw out unnecessary items in an unfinished basement and thoroughly organize and clean everything that remains.
A Few Words About Clutter
Avoid it: For most buyers, cluttered homes appear smaller, less full of light, and somehow in need of more maintenance. Conversely, clutter-free homes generally seem brighter, more open and spacious, cleaner and requiring of less work. And clutter-free homes also make it easier for buyers to visualize their own interior design ideas, as well as the placement of all their belongings. All this is why it’s suggested that, whenever possible and appropriate, you remove and store all furniture, clothing and other items you won’t need until after you move.
The bottom line is that while you may have many beautiful and meaningful belongings in your home, they might make it more difficult for you to sell and cost you thousands of dollars when you do. Be sure to consult an experienced REALTOR® in this regard because they’ll be able to provide impartial feedback on how you might best present your home to impress the greatest number of serious buyers.