1.Odors.Here’s the problem: People who live in the house don’t smell the house. They’ve become immune to it. They don’t smell cigarette smoke. They don’t smell the ratty old dog. They don’t smell the fish they cooked last night.
2. Take out the garbage,which could have offensive items such as used diapers.
3.No one’s fooled by deliberate attempts to mask the odor Twelve Plug-ins only make the situation worse.
4. Lose the deer head.Those items of a personal nature that you’ve fallen in love with may not have the same effect on buyers, like the head of a deer hanging over the bed in the bedroom. Buyers need to see a blank canvas.
5.Watch for triggers.Wallpaper, no matter what it is, will be offenisive to most. Peeling wallpaper, discolored paneling will be noticed — and not in a good way. Deterioration of paneling along the floor is a sign of moisture. Buyers, when they think moisture, think floods.
6. Watch the color.It’s a big thing for buyers walking in. Yes, you saw it in Architectural Digest 15 years ago, but it’s no longer in vogue. And, remember, color can make the room look larger — or smaller.
7. Give up on being an environmentalistfor a day. Put in old-fashioned bulbs or halogens that turn on brightly instantly.
8. Clutter.It’s not just important to remove things from shelves. You want to give a hint of living there, but you don’t want to give your life story. No personal pictures, certificates, diplomas on the wall.
9. Have furniture that matches the scale of the room.Move big stuff into the garage. People need to see where the walls meet the floor and they need to see floor space.
10. Do the dishes.If dirty dishes are in the sink and the closets in disarray, people wonder what else you’ve let go.
11. Update the fixtures.Mismatched fixtures in the bathroom are a head-scratcher.
12. Curb appeal.Be aware of the neighborhood you live in and be ready to deal with that accordingly. How is the house positioned on its lot? How close is it to the neighbors? If you see a lot of debris, if bushes are overgrown so you can’t see the house, people wonder: Why are they hiding the house? Keep it neat. Would you buy this house? Appearances are everything from the curb.
14. Don’t ignore the garage.Side door entry is often ignored. Replace the door if you have to. Paint it or at least make sure the metal door isn’t rusting at the bottom.
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16. In the kitchen,clean the countertops and floors. Clean the stove and oven. Take magnets and pictures off the fridge. Take your appointments down.
17. In the bathroom,put down the toilet seat, please. Hang fresh towels and clean the tub and the floor. Too much caulk is perceived as dirty.
18. Make the beds.
19. People really do look in the closets.Don’t have them stacked to the ceiling with junk.
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