If you are thinking of putting your house on the market, you have probably decided that you need to do some updates. You might be getting the indoors or outdoors painted, you might be replacing the flooring or doing a quick kitchen or bath update.
One area that homeowners overlook is taking care of the small details. After all, most sellers believe that buyers will be focused on the big stuff. While that is true, I would contend that the small details can be a big deal to a buyer.
As I walk through a house with buyers, we are looking at each home carefully.
open closets, look in cabinets and throw open shower curtains. We notice blown out light bulbs (does the fixture work?) and we notice un-weeded flower beds. Why do these things matter? If we notice that the caulk around a bathtub is covered with mold, what other small details might a homeowner have ignored?
Too often, a judgment about a property is made quickly by the buyer. An unkempt front door can give an impression of a home that is neglected by the seller. Truth be told, the seller might be focused on big ticket items: keeping the roof in good condition, getting the HVAC serviced, replacing the windows. Unfortunately, those items and their condition are not as obviously visible to the buyer.
When you are contemplating the listing of your home, don't overlook the little things. While the big things indicate that the house is well maintained, the little things can undermine that impression and leave a bad feeling with the buyer.
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