I am sure a lot of you are now looking to sell your house yourself. During the present economic climate, times are hard and you need every penny you can get! By selling your house yourself, you need to save a considerable quantity of money on agent’s fees. However, what if your property has been languishing on the market for months. You have had lots of possible buyers see, but not a sniff of a purchase!
I am trying to find a diplomatic way to say this, but can’t. . .Do you smell? sell my house as-is
Although there are hundreds of different things you can do in order to enhance of your property’s saleability, many of which I have written about in previous articles – in this article I need to concentrate on those nasty little whiffs which might be sending your purchasers packing!
The problem, you see, is that we become accustomed to our own surroundings. I’m not name calling , but over time that your house may pick up small smells you might not even notice, but will induce a prospective buyer directly out of your house. So what should you do?
Do you have pets? As a pet owner you will surely become accustomed to the smells around your property. For instance you own a dog as a pet, think me as a non-dog owner, I know the odor can be hugely off-putting! You ought to look to eliminate excess hairs out of furniture and thoroughly shampoo your carpets. You really need to eliminate your individuality from the property and not create your buyers feel as though they are invading your privacy.
Think about the vast range of different pungent food which goes in that bin on a daily basis. Usually it is eliminated from your own kitchen a couple of times every week, but that is long enough to leave a lingering odor. When you are looking to sell your house, get in the habit of emptying the trash everyday.
I guess it should go without saying, but make sure that you completely wash, bleach and wipe down the bathroom everyday. Regardless of what you think, prospective buyers will judge you!
Often I have been advised to do some cooking when people are coming. By baking cookies or bread on the day that buyers encounter, your home will be filled with a beautiful aroma. These aromas provide a very welcoming atmosphere.