When you put your home on the market, there are plenty of things your agent will ask you to do before buyers come by, but there are a few things you should avoiddoing as well.
Don’t think you can offer buyers a credit instead of performing needed work. Most people want a move-in ready home and will assume the work will cost more than the amount of the discount.
Avoid leaving everything in your closet. Buyers love storage and taking half of your items out of the closets could give the illusion of more space. Also, make sure what remains in the closets is nice and tidy.
Don’t hesitate to replace carpeting if it needs to be replaced, and don’t buy the lowest quality.
Don’t ignore the lighting. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let the sunshine in!
Don’t forget to tidy up after the dogs and cats. You may think a cuddly pet might warm the hearts of potential buyers, but not everybody is a dog or cat lover. Take them with you during showings, tuck the dog food bowl out of the way and clean the litter box frequently, or remove it if you can.
Don’t DIY repairs you’re not qualified to do. Buyers will be able to spot low-quality work, and they’ll wonder what else has been done that isn’t up to par.
Don’t forget to depersonalize your home. The more personal things in your house, the less buyers will be able to visualize themselves living there. Gather up family photos, memorabilia and personal keepsakes and put them in storage.