#1 Best Advice for Selling Your Home

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc
https://activerain.com/droplet/57xQ

Over the weekend, I toured 24 houses for sale in Montgomery County Maryland. 

 large brick house

My buyers are ready to buy their first home! We've discussed how to buy a home and what to look for in a property. As exclusive buyer agents, we see lots of houses! So what is our best advice for selling your home? 

Clean it! 

Why is something so simple the best advice? Because dirt is a major turn off. Out of 24 houses, I saw one house was clean. Only one! And I wasn't being overly picky! I'll break down the major turn-offs for buyers. If you're house is on the market now or you are thinking of selling your home, consider these points. 

  • Take down the Christmas decorations. Yes, we saw a Christmas wreath on the front door of one of the houses for sale. Just to be clear, it's October. And you could tell from the condition of the inside of the house that they weren't trying to get ahead with holiday decor. It was last years wreath. 
  • Scrub the grease off the wall behind the stove or cooktop. I thought the backsplash had an intricate raised pattern but no, it was grease so thick that there were little chunks splattered across the backsplash. Of course, I found the grease by wiping my hand in it. 
  • Do not use scented plugins to mask a dirty house. Scented plugins are like perfume on a wet dog. You can still smell the wet & dirt but now it's mixed in with a sickeningly sweet odor that can take your breath away! 
  • Take out the trash. We will go into the basement to check the hot water heater and the furnace. Piles of stuff around the major systems in a house just makes our job more difficult. It's also a major turnoff for a potential buyer. 
  • Clear the clutter off kitchen counters. Kitchens are central gathering places in a home. Every home buyer goes to the kitchen to see if it "fits" their family. Our buyers look for clean large cabinets and kitchen drawers that open easily. Older appliances turn off home buyers. If you have older appliances and are not planning on replacing when you put your house on the market, clean them. Wash out the refrigerator, wipe down the microwave, cooktop & stove. If the kitchen is so old it's retro, then stage it with mid-century art. 
  • Clean up the yard and front porch for curb appeal. First impressions really matter especially when driving up to a house for sale. If your house is on the market, hire someone to clear out dead branches, weeds and yard debris. Trim bushes away from the house. Since it's October, put some pumpkins and mums on the front porch. If there is a shed or storage building in the yard, paint it and spruce it up with flowers or fall decorations. Make the home appear welcoming to all potential buyers. 

#1 Advice for selling your house is the great way to attract home buyers. 

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Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 

 

 

Marshall Henderson is a Certified Negotiation Expert & Exclusive Buyer Agent with Buyer's Edge & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Victoria and Marshall. I think you said it well. Clean is number 1.

Oct 10, 2017 06:05 AM #1
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Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Thank you Sheila! It's so simple and a very effective way to sell your house. Thank you for stopping by! 

Oct 10, 2017 01:37 PM #2
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Jon Boyd
Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
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This time of year we would prefer if home sellers take it easy on the Halloween decorations too. Some years ago I previewed a property with a life-sized Alien monster in the basement looking right at me as I came down the stairs and turned the lights on. Not funny! (Well, maybe a little, but only now when I think back on it.)

Oct 22, 2017 05:49 PM #3
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Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Wow Jon Boyd I would not have thought that was too funny either! I am not a fan of gory decorations. We've seen a few in houses we've toured and it seems a bit odd and counterproductive to making your home attractive to buyers. Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have a great week!

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