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Charlotte RealtorÂ® Offers SELLER TIPS, Part
Are you undermining the value of
your home? Whether your home
is in great condition and well-built in a fabulous neighborhood,
clutter can create a potential buyer's perception of a home
not been properly maintained. Neglect, chaos,
disorder are the things that come to mind when your home is
'staged' by de-cluttering. After all, you're going
to have to move this 'stuff' anyway so, why not get a
head start on
this task and make your home more 'sellable' in the process!
I know that you've heard that de-cluttering is a
must and let me tell you, IT IS! Start with the front yard
and move through the home to the back! Take as long as you
need as your
home's first week on the market is generally the busiest and you want
every potential buyer to see it at its VERY best!
Mow, edge, blow
Continue to fertilize
Trim overgrown shrubs
and trees away from the home; do
not allow shrubs to cover windows or touch the home--this item will
inevitably appear on your inspection report anyway
Remove tools, toys, empty
flower pots and yard trinkets
(even if you think
they're cute, they're not 'cute' to everyone) and they are, after all,
your potential buyer's first impression of your home.
If you cannot hide
hoses coiled behind the bushes, add a
decorative hose reel or hanger and keep it neat
Apply fresh mulch
& add blooming annuals to the
front steps or mailbox; the fewer the pots, the better--less IS more!
decorative but, simple wreath to the front door.
The buyers' first
impression is critical, and shapes
their mindset for the entire showing
Invest in a new
sand and re-stain or paint to eliminate
prints, stains, mildew fading or rough wood edges
Consider having your
whole house power washed to remove
stains, spider webs and dirt.
The foyer should be
clear of shoes, coats, or excess
items on the walls.
Create a single
focal point in the entry with a simple table or painting.
Remember simplicity is elegance!
Rooms should be
sparsely furnished to appear larger and
The garage or an
off-site storage room can be used to
hold extra pieces of furniture but, a portable onsite storage unit can
prove to be more effective--leaving your garage open and your storage
items already loaded and ready to move!
Remove large pieces
of furniture that may be
overbearing--do not block walkways, windows or doorways with furniture
Do not leave stereo
Choose one or two
elements as the main points of interest
in a room
- wood floors, a view, a table or piece of furniture, a nicely made
collections, trophies, excessive books
and photographs as these are distracting for buyers and after all,
aren't they there to look at your home?
A few decorative
items or photographs on tables are fine,
but reduce these to just a few nice pieces.
Keep only healthy,
vibrant plants in the home and be sure
that they are dust-free
blinds and leave on lights/lamps throughout the home.
finished cabinetry is a must. Add new paint
or stain, if necessary.
New cabinet pulls are
an inexpensive item that can help
tie the room together in terms of colors and finishes.
Remove items that are
purely functional such as baking
pans, bowl sets, small appliances, vitamins, phone books, etc.
Remove ALL items from
your refrigerator doors and sides!
This is another distraction that prevents the potential buyer
from making this house THEIR home!
Clear the counters
leaving only a few decorator
items, selecting items that contribute to the overall, organized look
such as flowers, fruit bowls, cookbook display, wine, antiques, folded
for 'display' dishtowels, designer/name brand appliances.
Clean out your
cabinets if they need organizing and
cleaning. Remember your potential buyers are going to want to see what
kind of cabinet space THEY are going to have!
trash container under the cabinet or in the
pantry (covered, of course!)
Start by removing
everything from the counters.
Remove any toilet
brushes or cleaners that are
Put items that you
use daily - toothbrushes, soaps,
razors - in a container, and place the container inside
Decorate with fresh
soaps, flowers, bowls, photos, or
designer bath items--but, ONLY a couple of items!
If your towels are
ragged and worn, invest in new towels
and fold them carefully.
leave medicines, money, jewelry, guns, or personal
possessions of this type on display ANYWHERE in your home!
Sparsely furnished bedrooms are
Use your best covers, or invest in new ones if yours are old
Clear off bedside
tables, leaving only a book or a nice
Leave your bedside
lamps to add a warm ambience
paintings or photos from the walls,
especially personal photos.
If your window
treatments are old or dirty, take them
down and clean the windows for a fresh look.
You may want to leave them off to allow more light into your
usually need to be simplified.
Remove posters and go ahead and pack up most toys.
extra furniture to avoid an overcrowded look.
Organize your pantry
with everything facing forward.
Remove excess food and containers and throw out the items
that are expired and no longer edible. Otherwise, you're
going to have to pack them up anyway!
Remove items in your
closet that you haven't worn in the
last year, packing them up and donate or yard-sale them!
You'll only wind up moving them and not wearing them in your
new home either!
The laundry room
often functions as a dumping
ground! Clear everything
out, and have just your necessary items in the cabinets or on the
8. Back Yard
Repeat Front Yard items 1 through 5
Poop scoop EVERY DAY! Potential buyers LOVE to
walk out into the backyard and look back at the house. You
DON'T want them stepping in something smelly and tracking it through
Remove play gym equipment unless it is wooden and in
great shape. Chances are, the buyers are not going to want it
if you don't! And, you may want to take it down if you want
to take it with you and not have to negotiate it when you go to
Ascertain that all fencing is intact and posts areas have
been weeded well. Repair any broken fencing.
If you're not using that pond, get rid of it and re-seed
that area or mulch and plant a few annuals in its place.
Clear off your deck or patio--minimize the items on
it--only a grill and table and chairs are really needed.
Be sure that your door is painted and repaired.
Check the gutters to be certain that they are not full of
debris. If they are, clean them out and if they need
polishing, have that done--it can really give a clean look to the
I also have a professional
stager who uses YOUR items to 'stage' your
home and is VERY inexpensive. If you need more tips or a
personal evaluation, give me a call or email me and we'll set up a time
to start the process of de-cluttering!
Debe Maxwell is a Charlotte
Broker, Certified Neighborhood and Relocation Specialist who can assist
you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Charlotte NC or
any place in the country by connecting you with a relocation
professional in your destination of choice. Debe has created a team of
professionals throughout the country to ensure that you
a smooth transition to your new area. These professionals are experts
in the field of relocation and can serve many purposes beyond a simple
home search. The destination service is of no cost to you! Please visit
for your relocation and/or your local needs.
Author Bio: Debe Maxwell is a Certified Residential Specialist in the Charlotte Metro region with a focus on the Charlotte luxury home market. My team of agents each have their own specialty areas, a benefit to anyone buying a home in Charlotte NC.
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