We’ve seen what seems like dozens of home selling checklists on the web. They can be helpful, but there can also be a lot to remember. And let’s face it, if you’re trying to sell your home you’re already up to your eyeballs in things to remember. What we’d like to do, therefore, is take those checklists and cut them down to size–specifically, a size that’s reasonable, with steps you cannot possibly forget unless you literally take leave of your senses. Yes, that’s right. We’re going to talk about using your senses to sell your home.
Sound: It may seem silly, but pay attention to the sounds of your home and what they’re telling you, whether it’s a big issue (carpenter bees buzzing around the outside of your house) or even something seemingly trivial, like a creaky door or an exhaust fan that sounds like an ailing diesel engine.
Touch: Test windows, doors, appliances, and drawers. How’s everything holding up? Is anything sticking as you try to open it? Is it crooked? If it’s supposed to slide, is it on or in its tracks? Your next home buyer might shrug off a minor issue or two, but if they start seeing a pattern of disrepair, it may occur to them to wonder what else you may have neglected.
Smell: First, the bad. You certainly don’t want your home to smell like trash, pets, old sneakers, or whatever’s colonizing the lasagna you forgot about in the back of your refrigerator. Your home could be immaculate, but if something smells “off,” it changes the perception and could turn off a potential buyer. If you can, find the source of the smell and address it by cleaning it up or getting rid of it. Sprays and candles are best used with a light touch, if at all.
Marc Stein is the founder and owner of Links Residential - a progressive real estate agency devoted exclusively to Bergen County - He is a seasoned New Jersey real estate broker with an exclusive focus on residential properties in Bergen County. His specialties are in first time NJ home purchases, professional and targeted marketing for home sales, commercial properties, and new development projects (including single family homes, multi-family residences, and office buildings). He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors, and the Eastern Bergen Board of Realtors and its Young Professional Network. He can be reached at: 201-992-3600 or via email: [email protected]
By Marc Stein of Links Residential