Neat Houses Sell FASTER and for MORE MONEY:
The BEST and WORST places for Sellers To Hide Things From Buyers!
Your house is on the market, and you're a motivated owner.
Translation: you REALLY want to sell. Because you have instructed your
Realtor to “Show me the Buyers” you are getting a ton of showings.
Prospective homeowners arrive on your doorstep with a moment's notice.
In addition, you are driving your family crazy. You have decreed: "No
dishes in the sink, no crumbs on the kitchen counter, no dirty clothes
on the floor! No one will eat, drink, sleep, or brush the dog again
until this house is sold!"
Take a deep breath, sit down, and relax. While it IS true that 'You
don't get a second chance at a first impression', most buyers ARE
human and realize that Sellers have to live, too.
Just for the fun if it ... and because it might actually come in handy
one day ... here are the FIVE places buyers are LEAST likely to look
when viewing a house for the first time. Therefore, these are the best
last minute hiding places:
- Under the bed. You probably didn't need to be told about this
hiding place, and you may have trouble squeezing any more 'stuff'
under there. What makes this an ideal place is that it is big, and
usually centrally located in the room. Therefore, clothes, toys,
shoes...whatever... can be flung from all directions with a good chance
of finding their mark. Any last minute items can usually be kicked
under the bed.
- In the washer & dryer. Buyers rarely, if ever, open a washer or
dryer. These make them ideal last-minute hideaways for toys, books,
and boots, as well as dirty clothes. When utilizing this hiding
place, it is a VERY good idea to tell the rest of the family. You
never can tell when someone will get ambitious and turn on the
dryer, or start to fill the washer.
- Trunk of your car. This, at first glance, might seem a little
drastic. But, if the Realtor is pulling into the driveway, and you
are standing with two paper bags filled with household items, the
trunk could come in very handy!
- Refrigerator. Again, while this might appear far-fetched, buyers
will NOT open your refrigerator. This makes it an ideal place for
the last minute stashing of anything that won't suffer from being a
- Behind the sofa. Another old standby that could already be
seeing some 'active duty', the sofa usually has a wall behind.
The other side of this issue deals with those areas buyers are MOST
likely to inspect during a house tour. Try not to use any of these
locations for your last minute secret hiding places.
- Oven. Do not store your pots and pans in the oven. This makes it
appear as if you are short on kitchen space. If possible, the oven
should be totally empty, and, of course, clean.
- Bedroom closets. One of the things buyers tend to remember about
the houses they see, and to either comment favorably or unfavorably
upon, are the closets. Avoid cramming the bedroom closets with
extras; the more space that shows in your closets, the better.
- Kitchen drawers. The same buyers, who would not dream of opening
your refrigerator, will think nothing of pulling out a drawer. Try
to keep kitchen drawers as uncluttered as possible. If need be,
utilize bedroom drawers for all the kitchen utensils and junk you
have to put someplace.
- Laundry room. A nice, neat laundry room is often a pleasant
surprise in a home, and something that buyers tend to remember.
- Kitchen pantry. Like the laundry room, the kitchen pantry is
often the 'dumping ground' for all kinds of odds and ends. The less
cluttered the pantry is, the bigger it looks, and the more buyers
will remember it, favorably.
As you can probably tell, the secret to 'hide & don't seek' is to keep
those places that are USUALLY used for storage as clear as possible.
This gives the buyer the distinct impression that he/she will have
plenty of room for all the stuff they need to put somewhere. In order
to do this; you may need to move your items to unusual places that are
not normally of concern to a buyer.