The purpose of showing your home is to hook a buyer. You want the buyers to come through your house and be impressed – your goal is to get them engaged, asking questions about the power bill, how old is the roof and are the schools in this area good? You want them to be so impressed in fact, that they’re ready to make an offer.
You’ll have one chance to make a first impression on your potential buyers and you’ll want to make it count. Focusing on the outside is the first tip. Make sure that you don’t neglect the outside of your home.
Curb appeal can make or break the odds of someone even bothering to get out of the car to come in. If they pull up and see a home with a lawn that obviously needs edging and has an unkempt flower bed, they’re going to wonder what else hasn’t been cared for properly. So cut the grass on regular bases and trim your bushes and scrubs. It will make a huge difference in the number of potential buyers that will slow down and “take a second look”. A $50 investment into some annuals may bring you a quicker sale.
Another tip is to paint the front door so that is fresh. You may want to consider changing the color. Reds and dark blues seem to give a home a lot more “POP”. Keep the porch are swept and pressure wash if needed. You want the outside of your home to be spotless.
Clean the siding, the windows, and the doors. Make sure there are no dirt smudges, no cobwebs and that anything that needs painting has been spiffed up. I know all this may a bit much, but trust me when I say a little extra effort could put a lot more money in your pocket.
Think about this… If you were to sell your car, you would probably take it to the car wash or maybe get it detailed. WHY? Because you want to get top dollar THAT’S WHY.
So why not give your home the same respect?
The second tip is to take yourself out of the house. That means that you want to take out all the personal stuff. Remove the family photos from the wall or tables. You want the home to look neutral so that the potential buyers can look at your house and picture it as themselves living there. With that being said, don’t make it look as if no one lives there either. Use some common sense in this area.PLEASE.
If you are selling a vacant property, consider either putting in some temporary furniture to give the home some dimension. Unfortunately, most people can’t visualize where and how their furniture can fit into space. Add a few prints to the walls and a couple of interior plants.
Everything should be as neutral as possible in terms of personal items. The third tip is to pare down all the extra clutter you see at first glance. If you look around, it’ll amaze you at how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years.
Some of it might very well be important, but that doesn’t mean that your potential buyers should see it. When you have a lot of clutter, it shrinks the living space of the house. If possible, get your garage in order to the point where you can put at least one car in it. Most people want to have a garage to keep their cars in, not an additional storage area.
Clutter makes home makes it look and feel cramped and smaller. Many homeowners get something called house blindness. They’ve lived in the home for so long with the same clutter that they don’t even really see it anymore. But a stranger will always notice. So clean out your house and make the space as big as possible.
Remove Any Notion Of A Pet
The fourth tip is that if you have a pet, no one who walks through your house should be able to notice it exists. However, if you and the dog have been in the property for a long period of time, it may difficult to rid the home entirely of the pet odor.
That means no cat litter box, no dog to jump on anyone, no food sitting around in a dish. Your home should not have any pet odors. Having a clean house that’s odor-free is a big selling point. You don’t want to lose a possible deal just because they can smell your pet’s presence or your pet makes a bad impression.
The fifth tip is to stage your home. You can hire a professional or you can do it yourself. Stage your living areas in a way that shows off your home.
As previously discussed staging in an occupied home is just as important as staging in a vacant home. Place the furniture so that it gives the appearance of roominess throughout the living, dining and family rooms.
To summarize, the massive amount of value that you get from cleaning, painting and decluttering your home can be in the thousands. So before you decide to sell your home, take some time to get organized, clean up and have a strategy for selling your home quickly.
Oh before I forget, get some high-quality pics of the property and create a flyer that you can offer those prospective buyers when they come to view your home. If you are working with an agent he or she should have those prepared for you. Please don’t use cell phone pictures. Get a professional or at least someone that can take some pics with a DSLR camera. Selling your home can be a very stressful situation.
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