If you are looking to move to another house, it might seem like there’s a lot of things you need to get right to sell your home.Sometimes, selling a house can take time and if you are a looking to move quickly, it can be a source of stress. Setting the stage to show an appealing home may bring a faster sale, and add to the house value. If you’re wondering where to start, read through these tips to make your house more appealing to potential buyers, and the good thing is that most of it just requires a little work.
Declutter and Tidy
You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Show your home off by decluttering and keeping it clean and tidy. A tidy home feels more airy, and will give confidence to potential buyers that the building has been looked after. Don’t however make it look empty! As buyers view your property, they need to be able to see what it might be like if they lived there. Keep some personal touches to show a friendly home that has been well loved. Clean and tidy the garden too. Mow the lawn and pull out weeds. Fix any broken fencing.
Should you Redecorate?
If you have a scruffy looking bathroom, kitchen or living room, it is worth doing a little work to smarten up the décor before you have viewings. How you achieve that will be dependent on your skills. If you have the skills, do you have the right tools? Buying tools can be expensive, so it’s important to choose the right tool for your needs. There are some good tool comparison websites where you can see the pros and cons of different brands of tool, such as at Power Tools Ninja.
You might decide to do some of the work yourself, but leave some of the challenging aspects to skilled craftsmen. Or, maybe you’d prefer to hire a contractor to manage the whole project. All this needs to be in place before beginning, to make sure your project stays with your preferred time frame and budget.
Before you take on any major development, you should weigh up the costs involved. For example, if it is going to cost five thousand dollars for a new bathroom, but it will only put five thousand dollars onto the value of the property, it is not worth the stress, time and hassle of doing it. Sometimes, all that is needed is a fresh coat of paint or two, and that can make a difference in any room. Taking the time to work out what needs changing can be worth it. It may seem like a big upheaval when you are in the processes of redecorating, but it will be beneficial when potential buyers are looking around.
Scents in your Home
You want your home to smell fresh and welcoming, and although a deep clean will get rid of any musty smells, you might want to add something extra to welcome your viewers. Our sense of smell is a very powerful emotional trigger, although we barely think of it in that way. A scent can take us back to our childhood, it can comfort us and make us happy. The psychology of selling a home is something that you can use to benefit the sale of your house.Fresh flowers are always welcoming in any home, and a delicate floral scent in the air is pleasant. Don’t overdo it though. A well-placed vase or two is effective, a florist is not!
It might be a cliché, but the scent of freshly baked bread wafting through the air, along with other cents such as freshly brewed coffee, can trigger certain homely emotions, helping buyers to see themselves doing everyday things in your home, such as eating breakfast. Don’t try using other cooking smells though, as overly strong smells could put buyers off.
Interacting with Buyers
Having people in your home, looking around at what is so familiar to you can be a challenge. But if you want to sell your home then you need to either be fully on hand and helpful, or leave it to a realtor. If you have a realtor show buyers around, leave then a list of useful information, such as how far it is to the nearest stores, schools and bus routes.
If you decide to show viewers around yourself, remember to take a step back and let them explore for a while on their own. There is nothing more off putting when viewing a house than having the owner hanging over your shoulder! Answer any questions, but don’t overdo it with the information as they will already have a lot think about.
Be Fair with your Asking Price
Your realtor will have valued your home and given you a guide price. If, however, after a few weeks of viewings you haven’t had any offers close to what you expect for the property, then you might have to consider lowering the price. It could be that the realtor set the price higher to enable buyer to barter, making them feel as if they have a good deal when in reality they are actually paying the correct value. Make sure you understand the reasons for the price on your home, and be prepared to be negotiated with.If you are not feeling like you want to compromise, then it might take you longer to sell your house.
Realtors know all the tricks of the trade for selling a house, and their advice is worth listening to. Learn more about how realtors value a property, and then you will be able to have faith in their ability to sell your home for its market value.Getting your house sold can feel like pot luck, as you are waiting for that one buyer to walk through the door and like what they see. You can tip the odds in your favor by making changes in how you present your home, and soon you’ll be getting the offers you’ve been waiting for.