Most buyers today continue to look for a “move-in-ready” house. This does not necessarily mean that are looking for everything to be new or recently renovated or that they don’t want to make some changes to make the property their home. It means that they can see themselves moving into and living in the house without immediately having to work on it. Here are a few key points to consider:
Curb Appeal: Care should also extend to the outside of your home. Create curb appeal through basic yard work and simple plantings to showcase the outdoor space and the property as a whole.
First impressions: Ensure your house is clean, decluttered and if needed, freshly painted. A well-maintained property indicates to potential buyers there has been pride of ownership and that the property has been well cared for. Don’t forget any odors as well. If you are a pet owner or a smoker, a deep cleaning may be in order. It may surprise you, but any hint of pets or odor can be a warning sign for some buyers.
Closets, cabinets and appliances: Once you have captured the buyer’s attention through your magnificent online photos, those same potential buyers will be coming to see your property in person. Remember, they will feel that they already know the space as they have toured your house online so, they will be looking in the places that they didn’t see in the photos. They will want to see in the closets, in the kitchen cabinets and drawers, and if the appliances are included, the condition of the appliances. Be sure that you have worked out a plan for storing items off-site. Buyers will want to look in your garage or your unfinished basement so make sure if you choose to store items there, the number of items is minimized and stored in an organized manner.
Pets: We all love our pets, but potential buyers may not. Some buyers might not be pet friendly while others may suffer from allergies. When you are planning to list your house for sale, have a plan in place for your pets. You have already cleaned everything in your house but have you ensured that their things are out of site (i.e. food bowls, leashes, beds, toys)? Most importantly, have a plan to remove your pet from the home when showings begin. Pets can be a distraction during showings, and the process of having people in and out of the house can be stressful for our furry friends.