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Don't Forget, Odors Linger
Obvious odors are pets and smoking. Refrigerators, rugs, and carpet can also retain many unpleasant odors. "I am in the process of dealing with an estate preparing to sell a home that was smoked in for years. The odor is everywhere," said Hoylo. "We tackled the odors first by performing an ozone treatment. The local restoration company came in and set up an ozone machine before the walls were sealed and painted." If there were heavy smokers or soiled carpets from pets, it may be necessary to replace light fixtures because the insulation in them can harbor the odor and is often an overlooked source. Duct cleaning and carpet cleaning are additional ways to tackle odors. "I've had the ducts cleaned in my own home," said Hoylo. "I about fell over when the contractor showed me the stuff that came out of them. Yikes." Here are two DIY tips for cleaning and eliminating odors before you sell your home.
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Don't Forget the Details
When buyers are looking at a home, they are looking at the details. Do light fixtures work, appliances, doors. Are the windows clean? Paying attention to fixing these little details shows the buyer the home has been cared for and loved. This attention to detail can increase the home's value. Here is some advice on how to repair a light fixture in your home.
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Don't Decorate with Your Political Affiliations, Degrees, Family Portraits, or Bear Rugs
It is recommended to remove all of the items listed above. While you want the home to be inviting and have personality, it is necessary to pare back personal items. Personal affections can influence the buyer away from a home due to a difference in beliefs and preferences. "I had a client who refused to remove a bear-skin rug from the wall above the fireplace," Hoylo said. "Within the first week, we received two rounds of feedback about the bear on the wall. After the second feedback, the sellers took the bear mount down — but by the then, they may have missed the highest bidder." Check out our 14 best practices for DIY home staging.