Friends of mine are getting one of their investment properties ready to go on the market. I visited the house today to review color and finishing choices, hardware, and other improvements. The stain on the hardwood flooring looks great, the wall colors are cool and soothing, the flow of colors and finishes works well throughout the house, but there were a few small things about which they had questions.
A handrail feels loose but it’s functional. Should that be made more steady? Yes.
They are not replacing the old wooden windows, though everything has been painted and looks great. Should they repair one of the windows that’s cracked? Yes.
The fireplace is functioning. Would a sign that tells people that be a good idea? Yes.
The kitchen has a nifty outlet that provides power plus a USB source. Should we point that out? Yes.
You think people will know by looking at things but… they don’t. I remember touring a very modest ranch house with clients one day. The layout is very simple. Enter through the front door into the living room. Dining room to the right, then kitchen toward the back of the house. To the left of the living room are the three bedrooms and one full bath. Simple, right? Except when we walked back out of the bedrooms, she pointed toward the room beyond the living room and asked, “And that room is..?” The dining room. Still the dining room.
You think people will know but… people don’t always know. They need to be reminded.
Don’t assume. Fix the safety items. Make the necessary repairs. Make sure all necessary things are disclosed. Point out the attributes.
Then, people will know.