These are some small details that will not cost you a lot of money, but can make the difference enticing a buyer to choose your home over the competition. A minor makeover can improve the home's general "WOW" factor, giving it the competitive edge in todays market and allow you to sell faster, and maybe for more money.
If your hot water heater, air conditioner, furnace and electrical systems are not new, understand that your home's value will be reduced because of it. Anything past 7-8 years will be a negative, for a buyer because those items will likely need to be replaced prior to them being able to sell. This can be a significant cost and will put off many buyers The price should reflect your use of these items and you should also be aware that buyers will be planning on paying for these items to be replaced at some point during their time owning the home.
Now that your home has been visually staged, here are some well-tested rules geared toward helping your home to show easily and effectively:
Try to be somewhere other than home during showings. The goal is to have the buyer feel relaxed, and not rushed, when viewing your home. If you are present, they may not be comfortable looking at the details or asking questions. Further, it is the Realtor who knows what the buyer is looking for. They are better able to emphasize those key points if you aren't tagging along. Homes where owners will not leave take 4 to 5 times longer to sell or they never do. If you will not leave your house when it is being shown, please do not call us, we have serious clients to help.
Having easy-listening or classical music playing in the background adds to the ambiance of your home, but be sure to keep the volume low so that the Realtor and buyer can talk easily.
Keep all pets, pet beds, litter boxes and feeding dishes out of the way, move them to the utility room. Deodorize thoroughly.