As I previously mentioned we are looking to sell our house. The last couple of months our Sunday’s, between 2 and 4pm, have been spent looking at open houses. I love looking for houses, but am shocked at the way some people “present” their house when they want to sell it.
Here are 10 things I think you should do to help your house sell:
- Before you leave your house please wipe the toothpaste off your mirror, it looks really gross and it will only take you a couple of seconds .
- If you are a smoker, try to not smoke in your house for a least a week before the open house. Nothing worse than the lingering smell of stale smoke. There was a beautiful house we saw, but the smoke did it for me. We would have had to rip out every carpet and scrub all the walls – not something I am willing to do.
- I know you love your collections, but try to clean some of the clutter up. I know you are supposed to look beyond that and look at the bones of the house, but some knickknacks are just hard to see beyond- especially if there are 50 wooden Santa Clauses that take up the entire corner of a room.
- If you have air-conditioning and it is above 25 degrees out, please turn it on. People don’t want to spend a lot of time in your house if they are dripping with sweat.
- Air fresheners work wonders, invest in some and place them in stinky areas i.e. by the cat’s litter box OR better yet, remove the litter box all together.
- When you declutter and start packing, keep in mind people want to see areas where you would likely store these boxes, i.e. near the furnace. Try to keep a clear path around your furnace and water heater as these are important parts of a functioning house.
- Put your unmentionables out of sight. I don’t want to see your red bra lying on your bed!
- Clean the inside and outside of your appliances. I saw an oven once, I wouldn’t even want to touch to move it, let alone cook in it. The thing looked like a fire hazard there was so much grease build up.
- Mow your lawn, if the front hasn’t been mowed in weeks it makes me wonder what other things you are neglecting inside the home.
- Make sure your agent will engage people when they walk through your door. I know this tough to enforce, but there are some lazy agents out there that don’t “show” the house at all. I recently came across an agent sitting on the couch knitting. I guess she really didn’t want to sell the place, or she really needed to finish that scarf she was working on.
Have you come across any shockers while house hunting?