Selling Your Home? Avoid Making These 9 Mistakes!

Unkempt YardIt can be tough to sell your home. It’s likely that you’re house is one of the hundreds for sale in your hometown right now, which means that buyers have a lot of options laid out before them. They don’t have to buy what you’re selling, let alone look at what you’re selling, so you can’t afford to be sloppy about putting it up for sale in this competitive market!

Be sure to attract as many potential buyers as you can by avoiding these 9 mistakes below!

Forget the Lawn – Think a potential buyer will overlook your yard and have eyes only for your home? Think again! Your yard is an extension of your house and should be treated as such. Be sure to take care of your yard by pulling weeds, spreading out fresh mulch, and trimming unruly plants and bushes back. Step it up a notch and consider installing attractive outdoor lighting to create a dramatic mood for a small investment.

Be Too Expressive – We know your house is your sanctuary and that you want to display your personal taste, favorite teams, and your bold choices of paint. Even though you love everything in your home, your potential buyer might be very much turned off by it all. If you want your house to sell, remove most evidence of your personal taste and paint over any loud colors with a neutral. You want prospective buyers to envision themselves in your home, not be distracted by what’s inside it.

Leave the Dirty Dishes – Dishes left in the sink might seem relatively benign to you since you’ve had to clean everything else in the home, but to a potential buyer, it will portray you as a sloppy homeowner, and they might worry if you haven’t taken very good care of the home as well. Don’t leave any dishes in the sink when your house is being shown. Even if you have to take your family out to breakfast, just make sure to leave your kitchen absolute pristine. The same goes for your bathroom – dry the inside of the sink and the counter completely dry before leaving the house.

Ignore the Stench – Leave your home for a little while, come back, and give your house a sniff test. If you smell anything rank or stale, that means you have some work to do! Nothing is more off-putting to a buyer than stenches in a home, so empty the garbage, load your dirty clothes into the washing machine, give your wood furnishings a polish, clean the litter box, and run a lemon rind through your garbage disposal!

Don’t Fix the Minor Problems – If you want to leave things as they stand now in your home, be prepared to lose a sale. Everything in your home needs to be in good working order before you put it on the market. Before doing so, though, make sure that all of your broken fixtures are repaired, your light bulbs are all functioning, any flaws in your walls are repaired, and any spots that need a touch-up of paint are attended to. Though this process can take a long time, it will definitely be worth it!

Leave Your Distracting Dog – Your dog might be good around you, but it might not be so well-behaved when left cooped up in its cage with unfamiliar people walking around your home. A barking dog is incredibly distracting when someone is trying to really get a good look at your home. Avoid the distraction all together and take your furry friend with you. If you can’t take your dog with you, ask a friend or neighbor to dog-sit for you and repay them for the trouble.

Keep Your Rooms Dimly Lit – If you only have one layer of lights (especially if that one layer contains two small lights on the wall), you will need to invest in some lighting before you put your home on the market! Dark rooms are a turnoff to most prospective buyers, so brighten up the rooms with additional light fixture or maybe even quality skylights. Be sure to remove heavy drapes, too, to let the light stream through your windows and make it seem even more inviting!

Let the Bugs Run Free – This goes for roaches, spiders, wasps, or any other insects that shouldn’t be in your home. You don’t like them. Your prospective buyer most certainly will be turned off by them. Get rid of them, especially before it becomes a big problem.

Make It Hard to Move Around – We know you love how your furniture is arranged, but the cozy set-up you have might cause your buyer some trouble to move around. Remove the extra furniture that clutters up your space including side tables, footstools, and magazine racks. Create simple arrangements that will make a big impact – place your sofa facing the fireplace and flank it with two chairs and a coffee table instead of putting your furniture up against the wall. This will create a warm, inviting atmosphere for your buyer!

Thinking of selling your home in search for your dream home? We can help! Get in touch with us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check us out online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com. We’re your #1 resource in the Metro East St. Louis region for buying and selling your home!

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10 Easy Ways to Love Your Home

Bright living roomValentine’s Day or sometimes even the entire month of February is a time that’s dedicated to showing love to those we care about. While you might be preparing your Valentine’s Day plans or figuring out what to get that special someone, take a moment to consider your home. When was the last time you showed your home some love?

Loving your home doesn’t have to be hard or cost a lot of money. In fact, there are several ways you can do it cheaply and quickly! See our 10 different tips below to help you get started today!

Bring the Outdoors In – Plants and flowers can work wonders in revitalizing your home and lifting your spirits. From a simple bouquet of flowers in the kitchen to a few cute houseplants adorning your windowsills, indoor plants will give you something beautiful to look at and can even improve your home’s air quality. If you’re not a green thumb, don’t worry – succulents can make a big difference as well!

Paint It – Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint to give it some life. Be bold and paint a room that’s been bothering you for a while or a room that desperately needs some extra love. A fresh coat of paint on walls or a few worn-out pieces can really make a huge difference!

Invest in Better Lighting – Does your home still sport florescent lighting or garish lighting combinations? Show your home you love it by getting rid of poor lighting and investing in good lights. Decorative overhead lights, lamps, and torch lamps can work wonders for your rooms, making them feel better and giving them a softer ambiance. The right lighting can make as big of a difference as painting a room, so choose well!

Clean, Clean, Clean – We don’t just mean dusting and vacuuming here. Pick a room one at a time and really clean it. Mop the floors, dust the fan blades, and scrub it down. You’ll be amazed at how different the room will feel once it’s cleaned.

Indulge Your Sense of Smell – Seeing a beautiful home isn’t enough – try making your sense of smell happy, too! Pick up a new candle the next time you’re at the store and try it out. Keeping inviting scents that you enjoy in your home can really amp up your happiness!

Rearrange Something – Whether it’s rearranging the decorations on your foyer table or the entire living room, the act of rearranging and playing with new combinations can give your home a new and exciting feel to it. This is a quick fix for those who want change but don’t want to spend any money!

Take Down the Blinds – Do you still have those old blinds on your windows from the time you moved in years ago? Try taking them off the windows and replacing them with either store-bought or handmade curtains. You’ll find that your home will feel open, light, and inviting, and you’ll bring in a lot of natural light into your home, which can boost your mood. Close the curtains at night to maintain your privacy. If you can’t live without blinds, try a lighter bamboo variety!

Add Art – Don’t be afraid to hang some art on your walls! A house really becomes a home when there are beautiful pieces on the walls. Display beautiful pieces of art that you have found at a local store, pieces that you’ve created, or even some of your collections from the years past. If you have art on the walls already, give your house a little extra zest by rearranging your artwork.

Zone Your Space – Take a few moments to reevaluate how you’re using the space in your home. Are the rooms fulfilling what you enjoy doing in your home? For example, do you have a lot of friends over every Friday but don’t have enough seating room or have a cramped entertaining space? If your space isn’t serving you properly, do what you can to make it suit your needs.

Make Decisions to Help Declutter – Did you know that 90% of clutter is the result of delayed decisions? For example, you might not be able to decide about what to do with the sweater you’ve had for years, so you leave it in the corner to languish there for a few months without noticing. Make some decisions in your home to help you move on and get your home in order again. Figure out what will be used, repurposed, donated, or thrown away. Once your home is in order, you will feel empowered in every other aspect of your life!

How do you love you home? Let us know on our Facebook page! If you don’t love where you live and want to find the perfect space for you to live in and love, then contact the Massey Team at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or see our listings or learn more about us at www.dianamasseyhomes.com! We’ll help you find your dream home fast!