Real Estate, Tips and Tricks

What not to do…when you put your home on the market

Hi All!

One tip when you put your home on the market is to take out any overpowering smells like: potpourri, candles and sprays.

Why you ask?  Because people think that you are trying to hide something problematic, like: mildew/mold, smoking, or just an overall bad smell.

Buyers want your home to smell fresh and clean, not like perfume.  A strong perfume smell raises red flags to potential buyers and will leave them with a bad impression and a headache!

Let your house smell natural…not like dirty laundry or anything, but just keep it clean and fresh.  You may even want to leave the doors and windows open for a bit before an open house to freshen stagnant air (unless you live near something stinky…then keep them shut!).

If you are unsure about how your home smells, bake some cookies or a pie before an open house…people love the smell of sweets and that will leave them with a positive impression of your home.

Obviously you can’t bake cookies before every showing, but just be sure to tone down any offensive smells as much as possible while your home is on the market.  The last thing you want is to lose a potential buyer due to the smell of your favorite incense!

If you are considering putting your home on the market, great news…the market is still good and buyers are out.  We still have a low supply of inventory and even though the market has cooled a bit since April (when we had record sales), it is still a good time to list….just make sure to keep the smell and colors of the home neutral keep it free of clutter and of course as always PRICE IT RIGHT and your house will sell.

It is true that he who wins the price war and the beauty contest sells his home!

Hope this helps and Happy Sunday!

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