Real Estate Tips for Sellers: 3 Common Mistakes

Dated: 05/23/2019

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#1 Sellers forget about washing the outside of their home.  This is the first impression buyers get when they arrive at your home.  Have the outside power washed and the windows cleaned inside and out (including window sills) and have any screens repaired.   I cannot count how many times buyers point out broken screens and wonder what else needs repair.  This is such a simple inexpensive thing to do.  Who wants to look out the window and see spider webs, pollen, etc and then see holes in the screens.  Screams red flag to a buyer.

#2 Sellers don't eliminate odors.  I get it you love your pets, we love our dog Willow too but we all become nose-blind to the smells in our own homes.  Best place to start, have the carpet cleaned and get rid of any pet bedding.  Trust me they will survive without.  If you allow your pets on the furniture I suggest you have those pieces cleaned as well.  You can also pick up a few diffusers and add essential oils.  The smell is very pleasant, not artificial like the plug ins.  Cooking certain types of foods can also linger so I suggest you eat those out.  You never know when a showing is going to take place

#3.  Sellers don't de-clutter the garage.  Sellers spend (or should) all this time de-cluttering the inside of the house but end of throwing it all in the garage most of the haphazardly. This is a no-no.   I get it, you need a placce to put stuff but make sure it is neat and organized.  This will allow buyers to really see the space and make it easier for you when you are ready to move.  Buyers are always looking for storage so give it to them.  Show them that they can fit thier stuff and a car in the garage!

Thanks for stopping by.  If you are thinking about buying or selling or just have a question, please let me know, I would love to help!  

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Jacqueline L Kraszewski

For Jacqueline (Jacque) Kraszewski, the road to a career in real estate was not a direct route. After graduating from Ramapo College with a BA in Communications, Jacque went on to a successful career ....

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