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Easily Missed Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Friday, July 07, 2017
Tags:   Jill Eber, jill hertzberg, The Jills
It’s very common for people to get used to the problems in their home when they’ve been living in it for a while. When it’s time to move, however, fixing these issues could be the difference between a great sale and none at all!
Unpleasant Odors
You may not even be aware of bad odors in your home, so before you start showing it to prospective buyers, make sure to ask an unbiased third party for their opinion. Pets and smoking are typical factors leading to foul smells, so smoke outside while your home is on the market and bathe your pets frequently, wash their beds, and sofa covers.
Unfriendly Pets
Aside from pet odors, scary or loud pets can also offset buyers. If you have dogs, big or small, put them in a particular room or outside during showings and warm your realtor. If you have a bird that loves to make loud noises, consider moving his cage to a distant, unimportant room, like the laundry room for example, for the duration of the showing.
Unappealing Curb Appeal
The outside of your home is a buyer’s first impression of it, so make sure it looks impeccable. Tidy up your front yard by removing weeds and trimming plants, raking the driveway, mowing your lawn, and adding some nice potted plants for décor points. Remember, if your curb appeal is lacking, buyer will enter your home with a negative mindset, or even worst, may not enter at all!
Dust, Dirt, and Damp
Dust is inevitable throughout all homes, but some certainly have a lot more of it than others. This is a very easy fix, simply dust your countertops, tables, bookshelves, etc and you’re done! It’s amazing how much better a little dusting can make your home look. Even though dirt is usually just a cosmetic issue, it may alarm buyers that you don’t care for your home too well. Sweep it or wipe it, your choice, but just get rid of it. Arguably the biggest turnoff to buyers is dampness. Whether they can smell it or see it, it will definitely be question for concern. You will have to deal with it eventually, so you might as well fix it before the buyers even point it out.
Thank you for reading our article and be sure to contact us, Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, of The Jills for all of your South Florida real estate buying, renting and selling needs.
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