Don't forget the details!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams Realty AB29400140

Don't forget the details when preparing your home for the market!  Consider doing the following:

  • Only display clean towels and linens.  Dirty or stained fabric is never appealing.
  • If you don't' have bathroom towels that match the decor, buy some!  One or two well places, clean towels can give a uniform look to a room.
  • Examine your rugs.  If they are fraying, stained or ripped, replace them.
  • Remove old and tattered bedspreads.  Even though the buyers aren't purchasing your bedspread, a worn and tired bedspread can transfer to the whole room looking tired and worn.  ALWAYS make the beds!
  • Look in the kitchen.  Are the appliances harvest gold or avocado green?  Dated appliances often cause buyers to quickly loose interest in a home, especially if the appliances are staying with the house.  If your range/oven is 25 years old, it need to be replaced.  If you appliances are in good shape and don't need replaced, make sure to clean off any grease or food stains and splatters.
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Beverly Fast Sinclair

Keller Williams Realty

Fast@IndyHouseFinder.com

cell:  317/213-3278

Comments (4)

Rebecca Lee McAnallen
RGS Title, LLC - Culpeper, VA
Big city experience, small town service

Isn't it odd that seller's forget these important details when going to sell their home.

When we were looking one home had a disgusting cat box, filled to the brim in the master bathroom. I couldn't get past the gross cat litter to even look at the room. Another had a platter sized paint stain in the center of the carpet. Couldn't tell you anything else about the place, that is what stuck!

Feb 05, 2013 09:54 PM
Beverly Fast Sinclair
Keller Williams Realty - Carmel, IN

Eewww!  Animal smells are some of the worst turn off's there are!  I think the problem is that sellers live with their surrounds and can't really see it anymore.  As agents, we really need to helo them understand what does, and does not, hurt their home sale! 

Feb 05, 2013 10:06 PM
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

Great basic tips.  Don't forget the scuffed baseboards, dirty windows, fingerprints on walls, and of course that clutter. I recently took over an expired listing at which I had a long "sit down" with a very frustrated seller.  Before going into a lot of detail with them about their home I persuaded them to visit a few other listings (not mine) to see what other homes in the price range was selling for, but more importantly how each home was presented.  In 2 of the cases the houses were smaller with fewer amenities, but in A-1 condition. Fresh paint, shampooed carpets, trimmed shrubs, spotless windows, clean kitchen appliances, and so on. The 3rd house was bigger , but a pig sty.   It didn't take long for my seller to realize that a large part of the sale was presentation.   It took 3 weeks to get the house ready. They rented a storage garage, repainted, cleaned the carpets, had a cleaning service in to go over the house, and they did not hire a stager.  Common sense prevailed with the houses presentation.  In the end the house closed for $23,000 more than the original listed price with the previous agent. Clean and neat sells!

Feb 05, 2013 10:10 PM
Anonymous
beverly

Bill,

 

Your sellers were lucky they had you!  I've seen homes where I wondered why the listing agent didn't say something to the sellers about basic home cleanliness.  I like your idea about showing the sellers other houses.  I've done that before, too, but had it backfire on me once.  I didn't preview the other houses I was going to show them, and they were dirtier and in worse condition that the sellers house!  Glad you did your homework and had such a great result!  Congrats!

Feb 18, 2013 12:21 PM
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