When someone comes to view your property you have to remember that it won’t be their only option, so it’s up to you to impress and show your home off in the best light possible.Here are five tips to help your home jump to the top of the wanted list.
Choose the right realtor
Selling a house can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be, instead make sure you get a professional to do it.
Buyers might search for a home online, but statistics show that they then depend on an agent to find the home they will buy (50%), to negotiate the terms of the sale (47%) & price (36%), or to help understand the process (61%).
Research has also revealed that real estate agents are also better at negotiating the best price for you.
The typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $185,000, while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $245,000.
But it’s not about choosing any realtor it’s about choosing the right one. So do your homework and get someone who understands you and someone you are comfortable talking to.
First impressions count
We all know you never get a second chance to make a first impression so everything has to be right, from the garden gate to the lawn and driveway to the front door because if people are not immediately engaged then the rest of the viewing can be a painful affair.
If you have a garden, it might be your pride and joy, but for many it is just another chore, so make sure everything is as tidy as possible – with the lawn cut, the leaves raked and some brightly coloured flowers lining the path.
A fresh coat of paint on window frames and doors will also go a long way to impressing and increasing the curb appeal.
Put on a show
When your house is on the market it’s essential to make sure it’s always show ready! That way you are always ready for a viewing even at short notice – giving you the best chance possible of selling.
It’s easy when you’ve been living in a house for a while to manage to fill it to the brim so when you put it on the market it’s the perfect time to declutter. After all you’ll only have to pack it all up into boxes when you sell and unpack at the other end.
So no shoes in the hall way, dishes in the sink or dirty clothes in the bedroom and getting into good habits will also mean your new home stays tidy too – so you’ll thank us later.
Make your home a house
When people view a house they need to imagine themselves living there. They need to visualize their bed in the bedroom, their sofa’s in the living room and their artwork on the walls. This can be difficult if rooms are already packed full of furniture, photos and other personal pieces.
We’re not saying you should take all of your personal touches out of the house but if you collect dolls or cuddly toys, or love the wall to ceiling wedding canvases now could be the time to put them in storage!
If you really want your home to look at its best then you should get the professionals in and hire a stager. They will either take your furniture and arrange the best way possible to showcase the space or they’ll hire in the perfect accessories.
Keep it simple
Not everyone can visualise though so it’s essential to make sure every space has a clear function.
If you have that area that becomes a bit of a dumping ground, why not clear it out and put in some nice chairs to make it an alternative seating area.
If a bedroom looks a bit on the small side, but you know a double fits – then borrow one to show potential buyers – a double room is always more valuable than a single.
Our final piece of advice though is to listen to your realtors, after all they do have more experience than you in selling houses.