When selling your home....SWEAT the Small Stuff!

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When Selling your home....SWEAT the Small Stuff!


Everyone has heard, "Don't sweat the small stuff"...but when selling your home, The Small stuff can make a BIG difference.  Many Buyers can overlook the small stuff, but many can't and won't!  By Small Stuff, I am referring to things like burnt out lightbulbs, loose doorknobs, closet doors that are off the hinges, small tears in the screen on the back porch.  There are also quick & easy "Housekeeping" items that can make the home feel Tidy & Clean & well maintained. 


Here's one example....My husband is the world's worst Dresser Drawer Closer....There are always corners of T-shirts or socks poking out, and they are never completely closed.  It drives me absolutely bonkers, but most of the time...I close my eyes and run by.  If I were trying to sell my house, I would make sure they were properly & neatly closed everyday (or nag him constantly to do it).  I know, the buyer is not getting that dresser (or maybe they are) ...but it just looks better!  Is your cute little trash can in the bathroom over flowing....Empty it!  Replace the empty toilet paper tube, remove the stickers off your child's bedroom door and repaint if necessary.  Maybe the refrigerator needs to be cleaned or the dog hair removed from the baseboards? By all means, do not leave your underwear or dirty socks on the floor...And yes, I have seen that when showing property!   The Cleaner, The Better when selling your home!  And yes, that means the outside too!


The market seems to be picking up quite  a bit here on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, but there are still LOTS & LOTS of properties on the market, make yours stand out!  For more tips and suggestions, give me a call or visit our website for Interior Tips or Exterior Tips.



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Karen Paris
Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax - Fairfax, VA

As  REALTOR and ASP Accredited Staging Professional I say Kudos to this post! A properly staged home sells faster and usually for more money as well.

Empty those waste baskets and hide that old sponge and toilet brush! Sweep up the pet food from the floor ans the cob webs from around the vaulted ceilings and hearths and clean the fireplace! Here is one folks forget check the titles on the books on the shelf and remove any that will be offensive to any buyers, this often gets overlooked. You get the idea.

 You want a clean home that does not distract you with how the seller lives in it so the buyer can dream about how they will.

Jan 26, 2011 05:16 AM #154
Kristina Heili
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Woodbury, MN
Comprehensive Real Estate Services

I always tell my sellers that buyers will judge the quality of their home by the quality of their cleanliness and tidyness. It you take care of what is obvious, the buyer senses that the home is well cared for and well maintained. Thanks for all the ideas.

Jan 26, 2011 06:50 AM #155
Ric Mills
Keller Williams Southern Az - Tucson, AZ
Integrity, Honesty, and Vast Real Estate Knowledge

You are right.  The best homes sell first and you want yours to give the right impression.  If it needs maintenance ----do it.

Jan 26, 2011 09:16 AM #156

As a stager we see many things.  One vacant house that I staged had a cleaning crew come in.  They left a garage full of left over garbage.  The window filthy, and the shower floor was "black" with old grime.  The thing that really makes me crazy are dirty air-conditioning filters!  That's always a tell-tale sign of how clean a place is.  Forget the drawers!

Perhaps it's not a bad idea to get a "second opinion" on a house before you put it on the market, which is  what we stagers pride ourselves on.  We are the "eyes" and ears of why buyers are looking at. 

Buyers agents always like homes that are clean and staged well, so perhaps the seller's realtor should add a stager into their marketing package the next time they get a listing. 



Jan 26, 2011 10:56 AM #157
Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

Amen! When I do a walk thru with a client and mention all the little stuff, I will usually get a few come backs of they aren't buying my furniture or "If they can't over look that they have a real problem......"

Well the truth is they may have a problem, but why in the world wouldn't you want to elimiate every possible negative possible???

You are the one wanting to sell your home, so do whatever necessary to remove negative responses or reactions to your home.  Remember all they have to do is go on to the next property.

Jan 26, 2011 12:04 PM #158
Kate Reilly Lund
RE/MAX Diamond, Realtors - Edison, NJ

Wow, good post. Simply caring about appearances matters. Things hanging out of drawers bothers me too!


Jan 26, 2011 03:19 PM #159
Kate Reilly Lund
RE/MAX Diamond, Realtors - Edison, NJ

Wow, good post. Simply caring about appearances matters. Things hanging out of drawers bothers me too!


Jan 26, 2011 03:19 PM #160
Tom Westhora
888.896.0014 www.oneguard.net - Plano, TX
OneGuard Home Warranties, TEXAS Home Warranty Expert

Great article.  And it's not just the cosmetic things....they need to consider a full inspection or at least a mechanical inspection before listing the home.  Know what condition the home is in and then fix it.  No better way to set the home apart from the many others on the block.  Then put a home warranty on it and you protect yourself from Murphy poking his head out during the listing period.

Jan 27, 2011 04:14 AM #161
Nettie Carnett - Kennedy
Nettie Kennedy - Pastel Artist - Picayune, MS

This was really great advice along with Tom Wethora's about also including the mechanical and home inspection too when listing a property.

Nettie Kennedy

Jan 27, 2011 08:02 AM #162
Nicole Fleming
FC Tucker Emge - Henderson, KY

Great reminder to us all.  My house is about 16 years old and I'm not selling it anytime soon, but I was thinking from my own standpoint this morning that I should hire a home inspector to come in and do an inspection to see what all needs to be fixed.  I know there are little things that don't get taken care of, but eventually they will turn into bigger things.  Same thing with selling a home.  Don't give buyers a reason to start deducting dollars.

Jan 27, 2011 08:28 AM #163
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Thanks Kimberly!

Peggy - I have had sellers that are...well, MESSY!  When other agents schedule a showing, I warn them!  Sometimes with a warning, buyers may be ready to "overlook" a mess, but not often.

Karen - Thanks for your comments.  Now, I am looking at a cobweb in the corner of my family room...Darn it, I thought my cleaning was complete!  You are so right.  As a REALTOR, one of the first things I look at when entering a home is the ceiling (looking for any signs of leaks, cracks, etc).  But cleaning is free & easy...So why not do it?

Jan 27, 2011 09:21 AM #164
Karen Bernetti
Staging4Smooth Transitions Connecticut Home Staging - Southington, CT

This is a great post.  Right on the money!  The small stuff really goes a long way.  I know the way your husband puts his clothes away may bother you, but I have to say, I'm very impressed that he actually puts his things away at all.  My husband neatly folds his clothes before placing them ever so neatly on the FLOOR - he doesn't seem to understand what drawers are for. 

Jan 27, 2011 03:30 PM #165
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Karen - LOL...I guess the floor is a good place for clean laundry (unless you are selling your house). 

I used to get so aggravated at my husband for throwing his dirty laundry on the floor...In front of the hamper!?  I tried demonstrating how to lift the lid, but he never improved.  Then I just got rid of the hamper and everyone takes their laundry straight to the laundry room....It works, Go Figure?

Jan 27, 2011 10:37 PM #166
Shiela Heg
Lake to Lake Realty LLC - Kenosha, WI
Broker-Owner - Find Homes in Southeastern WI

I liked this so much I re-blogged.  Thanks

Jan 28, 2011 08:40 AM #167
Shiela Heg
Lake to Lake Realty LLC - Kenosha, WI
Broker-Owner - Find Homes in Southeastern WI

I liked this so much I re-blogged.  Thanks

Jan 28, 2011 08:40 AM #168
Kelly Penuita
DecoChic Interiors ~Creating Beautiful Spaces~ Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg, MB

Great post Amy!  You are so right - Attention to detail goes a long way & buyers appreciate a well kept clean property much more then one that appears to have not been maintained over the years.

Kelly  :)

Jan 29, 2011 05:24 AM #169
Rhonda Abbott
Howard Hanna - Wadsworth, OH
Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH

Dirty underwear?  Yep, I've seen 'em, too!  Makes things....ummm, "interesting", doesn't it?

Feb 02, 2011 01:56 AM #170
Paul Armstrong
Realty ONE Group - Huntington Beach, CA

Great post Amy,  cleaning is so important.  I usually clean the inside and outside of the windows in my listings and this makes a huge difference!

Feb 02, 2011 04:17 AM #171
Margaret C. Taylor
Century 21 New Millennium MD - Mechanicsville, MD
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent

Hi Amy,  Definitely seat the small stuff.  My clients didn't even go in the front door because of the entry way.  Margaret C.

Feb 06, 2011 12:54 PM #172
Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Amy~ The small stuff can cause a seller the sale of their home.  We just had a deal that fell apart because they found too many small issues during the inspection.

Feb 26, 2012 05:05 AM #173
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