Storage and more storage is something every buyer is looking for in their new home. Take half the stuff out of every closet, then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will open up every drawer and closet, so be sure to keep everything clean and tidy. Same goes for those hiding places, like under the bed and attic space. The potential buyers will look at everything.
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog or cat lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to
de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. The less personalized the better.
Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times, you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink! Keep the bathrooms sparkling, and make sure there are no dust bunnies. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold!