1. DIRT: The number 1 biggest mistake is not getting the home in the best possible condition.
2. ODORS: Odors are a big one, especially kitchen odors. Don’t cook fried food, fish, or greasy food while the house in on the market. Interestingly, next to the kitchen, the smelliest room in the house is actually the living room. That’s typically the room that has the most fabric, so that is where odors get absorbed.
3. OLD FIXTURES: You should change out old fixtures in your house, outdated ceiling fans and light fixtures should be replaced prior to listing a home. New cabinet hardware and doorknobs are another suggestion.
4. WALLPAPER: When buyers see wallpaper, they think of another thing to add to their to-do list. Wallpaper is extremely personalized.
5. POPCORN ACOUSTIC CEILINGS: These ceilings were popular in the l960’s and l970’s but now can date a home. It can be a mess and costly to remove, so sellers may need to be prepared to credit a buyer in certain markets if they decide to keep the popcorn ceiling when selling a home.
6. TOO MANY PERSONAL ITEMS: Cluttered homes make it difficult for buyers to see past the home owner’s belongings and start envisioning themselves there. How we decorate to live and how we decorate to sell are different, and now you are decorating to sell.
7. SNOOPY SELLERS: Buyers generally bristle when the seller greets them at the door for a showing. It is annoying to the potential buyer.
8. POOR CURB APPEAL: Much is made of curb appeal, and for good reason; it’s your home’s handshake, the critical first impression that lasts with most buyers.