Your home-Standing Out from the Crowd
When you decide to sell your home, you are entering a competitive marketplace. Many houses feature similar attributes so it is very important that your home stands out and looks attractive to potential buyers. It takes a little time and effort but the results are worth it.
It will be up to you, as the seller, to make the house as welcoming and inviting as possible to all the people that are going to come through the door looking to buy. Chances are you will need to make a few adjustments to your home to make it pop.
What do you need to do?
Fix the Little Things
Living in the same home for a long time equates to more easily overlooking the little things that need work. Whether it’s a broken hinge on the bedroom door, a cracked tile in the bathroom or some dead shrubs near the walkway, take the time now to polish up your home. It makes it appealing without breaking the bank. Take a walk around the house and look for imperfections-use your buyer’s eyes. Once your home is under contract, a major hurdle is clearing the home inspection. At this time, many sales are renegotiated or even fall apart. Taking care of the little things can avoid some snags that could make the sale go bad.
Clutter does not help when trying to sell your home. Typically, homes have a tendency to fill up over time and excessive clutter makes a home look small and dirty. If you have a significant amount of stuff, consider having a yard sale, donating to your local resale shop, or get a storage unit for those special items you cannot part with. Do not place your items in the garage, basement or attic because buyers will be checking out these areas and will see the mess. Buyers typically look for an open and spacious plan so removing the excess makes your home look larger with more room to move around.
Clean It Then Keep it Like That
Get serious about cleaning your home and keeping it that way. Dirty homes are unappealing to buyers and you will be up against some pretty clean homes as you compete for a buyer. It may be worth the money to hire a professional cleaning crew to do a thorough cleaning. From that point forward, make it a priority to clean regularly and always be sure to tidy your home before a showing.
Update Lighting and Fixtures
Today’s buyers want a lot of bright light in the home whether from bright fixtures or natural lighting. They want the home to look like something they would own, not something out of their grandparents place. Those dim and dated 70’s fixtures might need to be replaced to make the rooms look more vibrant and contemporary. It pays to allow in as much natural light as possible in addition to updated fixtures.
Neutral Paint vs. Bold
If you want to appeal to a large number of buyers, consider offering neutral wall colors in the house. Being over personalized in your space can actually jeopardize the potential sale of your home. Although you do not want to home to appear stark or sterile like a hospital, cover up those bold colors with some beige or earth tones. The light colors also make the spaces in your home appear larger.
Avoid Over Personalizing
Being too personalized in your home can push potential buyers away because they find it more difficult to imagine living there. It is important to minimize things like family photos, wall murals or even your doll collection so the buyer can have a chance to envision living in the home. Your home is your castle, but when you are trying to sell it, you want it to look like it could be someone else’s castle too.
Tackling Pet Problems
Address pet related issues before you attempt to sell. Pet stains and odors must be eliminated. If the yard has dead patches or an accumulation of waste, pick it up and re seed or sod the grass. Remember, you are trying to appeal to many buyers and pets can get in the way of your success if you are not careful. Pets are amazing companions, but they are not very good salesmen.
Up The Curb Appeal
You want the exterior of your home to look great because the first thing the buyer sees is the outside. Make the first impression a good one. Removing clutter from the homes exterior, touching up paint, adding plants and improving the landscape – all of these things should be a priority. If you are conscious of cost, pull the weeds, add some flower pots and perhaps put down some mulch. These are easy and inexpensive things that up the curb appeal. Remember you want the exterior of your home to look just as great as the interior.
Your Realtor-it Pays to Listen
These general tips are useful but your realtor will have some targeted advice to prepare your home for sale. Ensure that you address the problems that your realtor considers most vital. By following these tips and the advice of your realtor you can dramatically increase your chance of a smooth and successful sale.