“Many a false step was made by standing still.”
“I not only use all the brains that I have,
but all that I can borrow.”
“I can’t give you a surefire formula for success,
but I can give you a formula for failure: try to
please everybody all the time.”
Herbert Bayard Swope,
The first Pulitzer Prize winner.
When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably
a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, the
beautiful chandelier in the foyer, or the spacious backyard and large
deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a family to sit
down for breakfast.
But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not zero
Every home has some features that are less than enticing to the
typical buyer. You may not be able to do much about an unfinished
basement or a home backing onto a noisy main street.
However, there are several things buyers don’t want to see that you
can change. Here are five of the most common:
Back rooms in basements filled with boxes and other
items. Closets stuffed full of clothes. Rooms crammed with too
much furniture. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy –
and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of
• Maintenance issues.
Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of
things needing repairs or replacement, such as dripping faucets,
faded or chipped walls, or overgrown lawns and shrubbery.
You can’t see smells, of course. But buyers will
notice the lingering aroma of exotic cooking, cigarette smoke,
• Personal items.
Buyers will, of course, understand that a family
is living in the home they’re viewing. However, constant
reminders – in the form of vacation pictures, bowling trophies, or
scattered children’s toys – can make a buyer feel like an intruder.
It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home
without you in it.
The good news is, all these things can easily be dealt with before
you show your home.
Looking for more ideas on selling your home quickly and for the
best price? Call today.
When you’re shopping for a home, getting
“pre-approved” by your bank or other
mortgage lenders provides you with two
First, you know in advance how much
home you can financially manage. You
won’t waste time looking at properties you
can’t afford, and you’ll be able to consider
homes that you may have originally
thought were out of your reach.
Second, when you make an offer on a
home, sellers tend to take those with a
pre-approved mortgage more seriously.
That’s because they know there is less
likelihood that financing issues will spoil
can help you learn more
about getting a pre-approved mortgage.
Not intended to cause or induce the breach of, cancellation of, assignment of, or to interfere in any way with the existing agency agreement of another Realtor.