Have you ever wondered what a potential home buyer thinks when they visit your house? Here are a few questions that have come to mind while I tour homes in The Woodlands, and they may apply to your home.
Sellers, here is what buyers really think about your home….
What’s that smell?
I never realized how sensitive I am to the stink of other homes until I saw eight houses on a recent home shopping tour. The stinky shoe smell covered up by air fresheners, the mildew in the bathrooms, and fresh paint smells left by the homeowners trying to cover up the cracks in the walls left me with a mild headache. Home sellers really need to have a neighbor or an independent smell counselor stop by to evaluate the homes “stink”. However, before you go and bake chocolate chip cookies or burn some cinnamon apples on the stove, consult with your Realtor to figure out a way to create a more neutral smelling experience. That might mean opening a few windows before a showing or temporarily moving the litter box.
Will the dog bite?
As a pet owner, I know that I can’t always take my pet with me wherever I go. If you can, take your pet with you when you are getting a showing on your home. It can make the experience for the buyer a much nicer one. I know, why? Some people might just be slightly afraid of your pet. Other times, your pet can be a distraction, wanting to be petted, or barking at the back door or while housed in their crate. It is hard enough to concentrate on the quality of the house when the dog or cat wants to be the tour guide.
Where would I put my stuff?
What will fall out of your closet? Is it stuffed beyond the space? Would it hurt someone to open the door? Would you be embarrassed if someone peeked into the wall of clutter? It is true what they say, buyers have a hard time looking past excessive clutter. When that spacious closet you’re trying to sell me on is packed full of clothes, stinky shoes, and memories and that vacuum cleaner that falls out when I open the door, I can’t tell how spacious it truly is. Please do not make us navigate through your kids toy collection, that can really be annoying when the buyers child wants to stop and play. Pack it up and put it in storage if you really want to keep it. Memories should be yours, not the new buyers last image of stuffed closet.
It is hard to please every potential home buyer who will walk through your door, however, there are a few simple ways to make your home a little more inviting so your house isn’t known as “the one with the cat smell” or “the one with the toy traps”. Contact me today to find out how we can get the stink out!!