When potential buyers are interested in your home – most people begin their searches online – they’ll set up an appointment to come see it.
It goes without saying that the pictures don’t tell the whole story (but if you have great listing photos, they can come close), so you need to know what buyers notice first when they’re visiting your home in person.
What Do Homebuyers Notice First?
Naturally, the first thing potential buyers notices your home’s exterior. It’s a kind of introduction to what’s inside. Your Realtor® has probably already told you about curb appeal and why it’s important, so make sure you take his or her advice into account and implement your agent’s suggestions.
After curb appeal, buyers notice a handful of things – and they use most of their senses. They’re looking for the next place they’ll call “home,” so they’re highly attuned to their surroundings when they’re in your house.
If there’s a lingering odor, whether it’s a cat box or the roast you made for dinner last night, you can be certain that buyers will pick up on it.
Buyers will notice if their eyes need to adjust to an abnormally dim room, so make sure you’re letting in all the light you can.
Rattling pipes, creaking floor boards and other sounds can’t always be corrected – but in many cases, they can. Do your best to improve your home wherever possible, but don’t lose any sleep over things that you can’t fix.
Your house needs to be impeccably clean for showings. It’s tough to keep it that way, especially if you have kids or pets, but it’s essential if you want to sell your home quickly and at the right price.
When a potential buyer runs his or her hand across a countertop, it absolutely must be clean.
Are You Selling a Home in North Florida?
If you’re selling your home in Lake City or any of the surrounding communities, we’d love to help you.
Call us at 386-243-0124 or get in touch with us online. We’ll be happy to show you what your home is worth and help you get it in front of the right buyers.