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2018-03-12 21:49:29
Getting the House Ready for the Market (Part 2)

In part one of this series you learned the importance of curb appeal and if you did it right, your Buyer prospect can't wait to get a look inside. Congratulations! So the next question now is what will they see when they cross the threshold to the interior of your home?  

When considering the condition of the interior of your home remember that first impressions are everything. Stand at the front door and use all of your senses to experience the home's entry as a stranger would.

What’s that smell?

We've all been in homes where we have to catch our breath after the initial assault of unpleasant odors. If you've grown accustomed to your home's particular odor, go grab that neighbor again and get their opinion.

When it comes to odors in the home, the biggest culprit is typically from pets, closely followed by kitchen odors and cooking.  Even if your animals are housebroken and well behaved, they sometimes have accidents and, if not cleaned immediately, the site becomes a source of odors. Cooking overly spicey or greasy foods can have odors that linger long after mealtimes. To rid the home of these undesirables, consider some or all of the following:

  • Have the carpets professionally cleaned and deodorized. You may have to do this twice if odors remain after the first cleaning.
  • Open all the windows to ventilate the home.
  • Make certain your cat's litter box is changed regularly while the home is on the market.
  • Clean the exhaust hood over the stove. Nasty cooking odors tend to cling to the grease on the hood's surface and a thorough cleaning typically removes them.
  • Since odors cling to fabric, dry clean or launder all window coverings, throw rugs and bedspreads.

Avoid the use of commercial room deodorizers. Although you may find a particular scent heavenly, it may be offensive to a potential buyer. Fresh flowers help add a light scent to rooms and small, tucked-out-of-sight bowls of baking soda help absorb unpleasant odors.  The old trick of having some freshly baked goods usually works wonders but, if you are like me having fresh cookies may not be the best thing for your diet.  Consider doing small batches when you have time to plan for a showing and offer a small plate of fresh cookies up for your Buyer.  

What’s that sound?

Stand in your entryway and listen. Are there distracting sounds? Does the neighbor's yapping Yorkie seem to be the most prominent sound? Make a note to play some soft or relaxed music during showings and eliminate other possible distractions. 


What do you see as you step through the door? If it's piles of kids' toys, shoes, clutter, and/or laundry you've got some work to do. If it's too dark to see anything, make a note to either purchase new lighting or open all the curtains and blinds on showing days.  In fact, it is a good idea to replace all your interior lighting with bright bulbs and be sure to get rid of mismatched or compact fluorescent types that are not instant on. 

Ensure that when a buyer walks through the front door, his or her senses aren’t assaulted and you’re one step closer to having them fall in love with your house.

In part 3 we’ll take a look at decluttering the home to make it appear larger, less personal and more enticing to a wide range of buyers.

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