Potential home buyers do notice the small stuff, even the stuff that homeowners might think won’t get noticed. Things like clutter and personalized photos can make buyers lose interest in a home. But so can many other small details. So when you’re working a homeowner to get a home ready to sell make sure that they don’t forget about those five small details that potential buyer is going to notice:
The Front Door
The front of the house needs to make a great first impression or buyers will lose interest immediately. But there’s more to the front of the house than just the paint color or windows. The front door can either welcome potential buyers into the home or make them want to walk away without even going inside. The front door should always be power washed at the very least. But if possible it’s better to give it a fresh coat of paint and make it look bright and new.
The driveway is the first thing buyers will see when they pull up to the house. The driveway should be swept and look clean if it’s in the spring, summer or fall. In the winter it needs to be plowed or shoveled and should be free of ice. If there are cracks or defects in the driveway those should be fixed before the homeowner starts showing the house. The path to the house should also be clean or shoveled and any broken concrete or paving stones should be fixed.
Dirty grout makes bathrooms look old and dirty even if they have been professionally cleaned. A quick and cheap fix is to through and regrouts the shower, tub, and other areas so that the grout looks fresh and clean when potential buyers are going to come to the house. Paying attention to small details like the grout can make even older bathrooms and kitchens appeal to buyers.
Don’t bother trying to disguise a bad odor in a home. The potential buyers will notice immediately. Avoid using wall plugins and other home fragrances. They can smell cheap and can trigger allergies in those that are sensitive to scents. Instead, make sure that you eliminate the source of any smells. Get carpets professionally cleaned, especially if pets were living in the home. Use a fabric refresher on upholstered furniture. If you want to make the house smell great bake something like cookies or pie.
Cracks And Blemishes
Homeowners might have lived with small cracks in the walls, paint blemishes and other defects for so long that they don’t even really see them anymore. But potential buyers will definitely notice them. Spackle any nail holes or cracks in the walls and make sure the rooms and the trim in the rooms get fresh coats of paint before showing the house.