Don’t Scare Away Buyers with These House Pitfalls

When it comes to selling your home, you want to make it as easy as possible for buyers to imagine themselves living there. There are a number of things you’ll want to do, but also avoid, in accomplishing that.

For starters, you’ll want to de-clutter all of the items you won’t be taking with you on your next move. This includes things as space-consuming as couches, tables, chairs, etc., but I’d also recommend using this time to do the same to your closets and downsizing any collection of shoes and seasonal clothing. Even items you will be moving with should be set aside to a designated area such as the basement or garage in an effort to increase walkable areas of your home. You don’t need to make the home seem vacant, but you certainly don’t want to look like you’re buried under your own belongings, either. Find a nice balance between the two.

Next, consider swapping out any out-dated items. Old or broken light fixtures within a reasonable price to replace should be done in an effort to brighten up the home. I’m not saying go out and get a new chandelier for the entryway, but I am saying work on touching up any lighting you have in highly-visible areas. You won’t need to redo your bathroom, but maybe you can put up a fresh curtain, recaulk the area around the tub, clean or repaint the walls, and polish up the mirror. The same can be said for the kitchen area, where some fresh paint on cabinets and a little elbow grease on the counter tops can really spruce up the space.

Finally, tone down your personal touch. We all have our own styles to a home, but consider toning that down and scaling back when it comes to showing off your place. Personal photos can be tucked away in storage along with any mementos. This may also be the time to consider peeling off the peel-and-stick wallpaper if you think it may be too distracting for a room.