With lender requirements loosing up and additional types of mortgages being offered, things are looking up for the housing market. However, buyers are still hesitant. That’s why you need to take extra effort to set your house apart from the others on the market. If you can make your house stand out, buyers will want to make an offer.

Clear Your Hallways. In addition to clearing out the clutter from your living space, make sure you remove everything from hallways and doorways. Buyers need to be able to get around your house easily. Any furniture or clutter in the hallways will slow them down and make them think your space is cramped.

Empty Your Storage. While you’re cleaning, clear out as much as possible from closets, cupboards, and bathroom vanities. Storage space is always valuable, and a nearly empty closet looks much larger than a full one.

Freshen Up. Homeowners tend to get used to odors from pets, smoke, or just the general smell in a home. Have a friend come over and give your place an honest assessment. Experts say you can’t mask odors with air fresheners or fresh-baked cookies. You’ll need to eliminate smells by cleaning furniture, cleaning or replacing carpets, and scrubbing your house from top bottom.

Repair Things. If anything in your home needs to be updated, fixed, painted, or replaced, do it. Most buyers aren’t looking for a fixer-upper. They want their home to be move-in ready, and even a small project can turn them off.

Decorate with Plants. Fresh green plants and fresh cut flowers give the impression of light, even if your house is dim. Bright arrangements also give buyers something to focus on and remember. Make sure the plants are healthy and in good shape, not droopy or dying. Also, stay away from silk or plastic plants, since they attract dust and can look dingy.

There are obviously many factors that go into selling a home. You need to be sure your home is priced right for the neighborhood, clean, in good repair, and ready to show at a moment’s notice. By taking care of some additional details, you can help your home stand out from the others on the market in your neighborhood. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you determine the value of your home.

Mary Jean Agostini, CCIM,CRS,CRB
Licensed in CT,RI,MA
Realty 3
Offices in Berlin, Southington, Essex and Stonington

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