Sneaky PeeksAs you’re preparing to list your home on the market, most Realtors will tell you it’s important to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential Buyers can imagine themselves living there. 

Your Realtor may even advise you to put things in storage - things like family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes, all in the name of maximizing the full potential of your home.

But what your Realtor may not tell you? Potential Buyers LOVE to sneak a peek.

“It always amazes me the number of Buyers that open the refrigerator or freezer to take a peek inside,” says Brinkoetter Realtor, Jenny Lambdin.

“They’ll open up your stove and microwave. They’ll pull back shower curtains, and inspect bathtubs. They’ll open pantry doors and bedroom closets.

That’s why I encourage Sellers to take time to run the self-clean on the oven and wipe down the inside of the microwave. If your refrigerator is a mess, consider tossing out some old dressings or leftovers, and wiping down the shelves.

If you have a smaller coat closet and it’s packed full, consider narrowing down the number of coats kept in this closet. If a Buyer suspects you don’t have enough room, they may decide your home lacks space for them as well.

Bathrooms should be spotless. Shower curtains should be new, and left open for showings as if you’re inviting Buyers in to see how clean and well-kept your spaces are. Clean any caulking around showers and tubs.”

Though it may feel a little invasive, the best way to prepare your home to show well is to assume that doors, cabinets, and curtains will be opened. Potential Buyers will leave no stone unturned, and no freezer unseen. 

Laughs Lambdin, “If you think they won’t look there, think again. They absolutely will!” 

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