Sometimes it the little things that matter the most!

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

small thingsLast week was a very important lesson for me. It is often the smallest things that make the difference. I had to send my computer out to be looked at. Nothing I did was helping, it even appeared as if I had some horrible virus in it. After a few days with the tech guy I got the dreaded call. It's close to dead, you can try reinstalling windows, but we think the drive is failing. 

I don't want to bore you with details, but I did one small thing that changed everything. I changed a setting from "show windows side by side" to "show windows stacked". BINGO!

It got me to thinking about the little things that make all the difference in the world in real estate.

When you have your home listed it's a fairly safe bet you have cleaned it up. But check the little things that will make your house stand out above the others they have seen. 

  • Got cats? Make sure the cat box is clean, super clean. 
  • Dogs? Check that Fido's smell doesn't linger after he leaves the house for the showing.
  • Walk up to your front door, the way the buyers will come in. What do you see? Are the bushes overhanging the walkway? Are the stones in the walkway secure? 
  • And speaking of walking in the home, check your front door. No spider webs please, and clean the door! A quick coat of paint might solve the door problems. 
  • Before that key goes in the lock box, make sure it actually works! Recently I showed a home where the owner had installed a new door knob with a lockset. Something was wrong, getting in took me over 5 minutes and I really thought I was going to break the key. If it isn't easy to open, do something about it!
  • Dress up the entry way outside with flowers if possible. 
  • Leave something out for the buyers, and let them know it is for them! A bowl of candy, some cookies, small bottles of water.

When buyers are talking about the houses they saw they will usually identify the homes with something that stands out. I have heard them say things like...

  • the smelly house
  • the wasp house (no one wants to be attacked by bees or wasps)
  • the house with the broken front door
  • the cat house
  • the dog house
  • the house where we got the cookies

I have had sellers that left a letter for potential buyers, telling them why they have loved living in their home. That was unique!

It is often the little things that grab a buyers attention, both positive and negative, and make all the difference in the world! 

If you have questions about listing your home for sale in southern Litchfield County, CT, give me a call at 203.460.1775. I would love to share my marketing and sales plan with you! 


Posted by

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

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Comments (16)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Andrea Swiedler the small details are always the "eye catching" items that can make or break a potential buyer going forth.... think details.... make the door knobs shine.... think "crime scene" and remove all evidence of the crime.... 

Sep 06, 2016 10:04 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Barbara Todaro I like the crime scene thought, removing all evidence of the crime! Buyers seem to focus on small details after the fact. 

Sep 06, 2016 10:08 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

The small details all together make or break a very large first impression.

Sep 06, 2016 10:10 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Sally K. & David L. Hanson isn't that the truth! Sometimes the buyer isn't even aware of how big that impression was, but when they start referring to a house as "the stinky one", that's the end. If they still want the house, the impression will reflect in the offer. 

Sep 06, 2016 10:16 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Andrea... I would only disagree with one thing in your post... the title. As far as I'm concerned it's not "sometimes" the little things that count; it's "always" the little things that count!

Sep 06, 2016 10:48 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Nina Hollander Could be! And thank you!


Sep 06, 2016 10:59 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. This is amazing and so very right. Glad you were able to salvage your computer too.

Sep 06, 2016 11:25 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Sheila Anderson thanks! I am extremely happy my computer is back to its old self again! 

Sep 06, 2016 11:39 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The "letter" works for buyers too. My nephew and his wife just had their offer accepted after writing a letter to the sellers expressing their love of the home. (Even though their offer was contingent on them selling their house.) The sellers had another offer but said they really liked the letter!

Sep 07, 2016 12:26 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Sharon Tara in this case the sellers wrote a letter to any and all potential buyers telling them why they loved living there!

Sep 17, 2016 12:31 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

The little touches can make all the difference.  Sorry to hear about your computer.  Darn things anyway.

Sep 07, 2016 01:15 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Belinda Spillman computer is fixed, with that one small change!

Sep 17, 2016 12:31 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Andrea-The little details really do make all the difference. Glad your computer is back up and running. I hate computer problems.

Sep 07, 2016 01:37 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Sharon Lee amazing, isn't it? Thanks!

Sep 17, 2016 12:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Small things often loom larger in the psyche than one realizes.  You point out some of the more important things in your list.

Sep 07, 2016 04:15 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Myrl Jeffcoat and there are many more, I know! 

Sep 17, 2016 12:33 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Andrea it is funny how one thing can get our minds to think of something else completely unrelated.  Small things can many times make a HUGE difference.

Sep 07, 2016 05:55 AM
Andrea Swiedler

George Souto It is funny how the mind remembers things. Smells, one small detail. And it makes all the difference!

Sep 17, 2016 12:34 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You are so perceptive Andrea. And absolutely correct. It is always the little things that do people in. People have their eyes on the big picture and they miss all the stuff that is right under their noses.

Sep 07, 2016 12:15 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Liz, it is usually the seller that misses those things, not a buyer, LOL! Thank you!

Sep 17, 2016 12:35 PM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

 Yes indeed it is the smallest things that make the difference in whether you sell or not sell sours need to wake up and realize litter boxes painting ugly colors furnishings decluttering all so important #floridatolberttea

Sep 07, 2016 12:37 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie Yep, all true!

Sep 17, 2016 12:35 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Andrea!  You are SO right about those little things making such a HUGE difference!  I'm also glad to hear you got your computer back and are able to view the side-by-side windows - that is a game-changer, isn't it?!

Sep 07, 2016 02:45 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Debe Maxwell I can't view side by side, that is what was causing all the trouble! That quirky little setting. But I never used it anyway, all is well. And thank you!

Sep 17, 2016 12:36 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Andrea

Love your post and featured to the group:

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Sep 08, 2016 10:14 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz Hey VB, thank you so much!

Sep 17, 2016 12:37 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There is a very harsh realty about all of the little things, they have a way of growing to big issues if not addressed

Sep 17, 2016 12:19 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Ed Silva Ed, Ed, Ed, it is harsh, great word for it!

Sep 17, 2016 12:37 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

This post makes a great point that is often missed by sellers and agents. The small things make a BIG difference!

Oct 05, 2016 10:26 AM
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

It is the little things, that make the big difference.

Oct 06, 2016 02:55 PM